With the holiday season approaching and the weather freezing, everyone wants to snuggle up in their house with some cookies and a warm drink. Especially during the holiday break, you can have fun with your friends and invite them over to cook a batch of some delicious gingerbread cookies like my friend Beyza and I did. Especially the decoration part is very amusing. Don’t forget to turn on some music to have even more fun!
- 420 grams of flour
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp powder cinnamon
- 100 gr butter (room temperature, soft)
- 150 gr sugar (bonus points if you use brown sugar)
- 1 egg
- 160 gr molasses (the good old Turkish pekmez)
- 1/3 tbsp of vanilla extract
Glaze (Royal Icing):
- 250 gr confectioner’s sugar
- 2-3 tbsp milk (2 if you want a thicker glaze, 3 if you want a more runny one)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Heat your oven to 170°C/340°F degrees and line your trays with parchment paper.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (except sugar).
3. Beat the butter and sugar together, then mix in the egg.
4. Add the molasses and vanilla, mix until they’re incorporated.
5. Partially, add and mix in the dry ingredients. Stop if you think the dough is hard enough, or add some more flour if you think it’s too runny.
6. Cut pieces of your own liking out and place them in the tray. You can place them 1-2 centimeters apart since the cookies won’t expand or rise too much.
7. Bake them for 8-10 minutes and wait for them to cool.
8. To prepare the icing, add the milk and vanilla extract to the powdered sugar. You might want to add it gradually as to have more control over the consistency of the mixture depending on your liking.
Voila! It’s as simple as that, and super tasty. Easy to make, easy to bake and easy to decorate. If you want to do more, you can get some prepackaged coloured icing (like this) and decorate the cookies even more after the white glaze sets (approx. 15-20 minutes). The sky is the limit! Enjoy!