GINGERBREAD MEN COOKIES
This is my 'best ever' recipe for gingerbread men. Cooking is a great activity for the summer holidays . Children will love rolling out the dough and cutting the shapes and they can help with the icing decoration too. This recipe comes from my book 'The Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner '
90g butter , softened
65g soft dark brown sugar
1 beaten egg
65g black treacle
200g plain flour plus extra for dusting
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground mixed spice
1/4 tsp salt
250g royal icing
3 tbsp water
1 Beat the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with a hand held electric whisk until light and fluffy, then add the egg and black treacle and whisk to combine.
2 Measure the remaining dry ingredients into a separate bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture, whisking until the mixture forms a soft dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and transfer to the fridge for about 45 minutes .
3 Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F and lone 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
4 Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of 1 1/2 cm. cut out men using a gingerbread cutter. Place them on the lined baking sheets , then chill in the fridge until firm (about 45 minutes).
5 Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until crisp and lightly golden . Remove from the oven and leave the gingerbread to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely .
6 To make the icing, whisk the icing sugar and water together in a bowl using a hand held electric whisk until smooth. Spoon the icing into the piping bag and pipe on faces and then use the icing to stick on the coloured candies for buttons.
Makes 20 Gingerbreqd Men
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