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Gingerbread cookies

Serves 24
Prep time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins

Sweet and lightly spiced, gingerbread is an eternal favourite – for good reason. These traditional cookies are fun and easy to prepare, and make a great snack  for young and old alike. You can be sure they won’t last long in the biscuit tin!

Ingredients

Method

  • 2 cups Pams Plain Flour 
  • 1 teaspoon Pams Baking Soda 
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger 
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice 
  • 1 cup Pams Brown Sugar, firmly packed 
  • 150g Pams Butter, cut into cubes 
  • 1 Pams Free Range Egg 
  • Small sweets, sprinkles or currants, to decorate
Icing
  • 1 cup Pams Icing Sugar
View the method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C (160˚C fan forced).  Line two large baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, ginger, mixed spice and brown sugar into the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Add the butter, pulse until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg, pulse to combine. Turn out the dough and work into a ball with your hands, Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll out the chilled dough between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough into desired shapes, then place onto the baking trays – leaving space for the cookies to expand while cooking. Re-roll the leftover dough and keep cutting shapes until the dough is used up.
  5. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. Remove from the oven, allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the tray, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add 3-4 teaspoons of warm water, mix to piping consistency. Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a fine nozzle, then pipe decorations onto the cookies and decorate with the sweets, sprinkles or currants.

Tips:

  • To make these gingerbread cookies extra special, tint the icing with food colouring.
  • To spice up the dough, add ¼ teaspoon ground cloves and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • Running short on time? Use a ready-made icing tube for fast, precision decorating.
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