Gingerbread Gifts

To add some cheer to the new year, we decided we would send some gingerbread gifts to brighten up January for some of our friends.

In all the hullabaloo of Christmas we never did get around to making these, so it’s a nice treat to have time to make them now. It’s even nicer to think that they’ll be an unexpected treat arriving on our friend‘s doorsteps.

Ingredients for our gingerbread:
12oz plain flour
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp of ground ginger
4oz butter
6oz soft light brown sugar
1 large free-range egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
For decoration: icing sugar & warm water (or icing gel pens) selection of sprinkles, & raisins

1 Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, & ginger into a large bowl

2 Add the butter & rub in with your fingertips until it looks like a breadcrumbs

3 Add the sugar & mix well

4 In another bowl whisk the egg & golden syrup together

5 Tip over the dry mixture & stir well
(If mixture is sticky add a little more flour & use your hands to help form a dough)

6 Wrap dough in cling film & leave in the fridge for 1 hour.

7 Heat oven to 190˚C & line a couple of baking sheets

8 On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough & cut chosen shapes.

9 Slide a palette knife under each shape & place shapes on baking sheet (leaving room between shapes)
   Bake in oven for 12-15mins.

10 Leave to cool on baking sheet for 5mins; then place on cooling rack to cool completely before 

We mixed some icing sugar with a little warm water & Minnie drizzled the icing with a teaspoon over the biscuits. (This was runny & sticky so I transferred the biscuits back on to the tray while she had fun creating) She then added a selection of decorations.

Drizzling the icing (gel icing pens would be a little less messy!) 

Minnie decided to decorate her Gingerbread Man using sprinkles & raisins

A selection of our gorgeous gingerbread creations

Once the biscuits were dry we placed them in a gift bag, decorated with ribbon & a homemade label.

We then reused some small cardboard boxes & cornstarch packaging peanuts, & posted off our edible treats!

I think we're going to have fun with this again for Valentine's Day gifts, & share some love with decorated heart shapes!
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