Gingerbread cookies

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Every year we make some gingerbread cookies to put in the Christmas Tree. It’s always a lot of fun to cut out all the different shapes (and let’s be honest, we mostly use the cookie cutters around Christmas time anyway..).
This year I made a Gingerbread recipe from the Patisserie book. They are slightly different. You need to mix the basic dough a week in advance and let the cinnamon and honey develop an incredibly deep flavour. I think they taste great. They will be a bit tough for first few days, but give them some time and they will soften. If you decorate them with some nuts and icing you will have a wonderful Christmas decorations.

Gingerbread cookies
adapted from Christophe Felder
For tha basic dough:
  • 250 g strong dark honey,
  • 200 g flour,
  • 50 g whole wheat flour,
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
For the final dough:
  • 1 egg yolk,
  • 1 tsp. baking powder,
  • 1 pinch cinnamon,
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice,
  • 1 tbsp. sherry.
Prepare the basic dough 1 week before you plan to bake the cookies.
  1. Warm the honey in a small saucepan over a low heat.
  2. Sift both flours with cinnamon.
  3. Add the warm honey and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough is thick and smooth.
  4. Cover it and let stand at room temperature for a week.
After a week mix the final dough
  1. Place the egg yolk on a work surface. Spread the baking powder around it. Smear the baking powder with the flat part of a knife until smooth.
  2. Add the mixture to the basic dough mix with the cinnamon, allspice and sherry and knead the dough in a stand mixer at a low speed for about 5 minutes.
  3. Shape into a ball and flatten. Wrap in a plastic and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 170 C. Butter baking sheets and dust them with flour.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 3 mm thick.
  6. Cut out the shapes you have.
  7. Bake fr 15 to 20 minutes, until barely firm and slightly browned. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet.
Decorate as you wish!

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