We cannot have Christmas without gingerbread of course. I love eating homemade gingerbread cookies --- just fresh and hot out of the oven, still too hot to hold and still soft, yum.
My partner's dad is German, so one year I decided to make a gingerbread house for him. It took me more than half a day to assemble and decorate the whole thing with loads of icing, but he loved it so it is all worth it.
I am using the same recipes as I did when I made the walls and roofs for the gingerbread house, but this time it's to make edible gift tags to goe along with all those presents.
It is time to take out all your cookie cutters and let your imagination go wild!
For 6-7 gift tags, you will need:
1 cups (150g) flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup (33g) firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground clove
55g soft butter
2 tbsp (60g) golden syrup
1 egg yolk
Mix the flour, brown sugar and spices together. Rub the softened butter in with the flour mixture and keep rubbing it until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk into the flour mixture until just combined. Place this cookie dough in the freezer for ten minutes until hard. Cut the dough into 4 parts. Dust some flour on to a piece of baking paper and place a part of the dough on top of it. Dust some more flour on top of it and roll it flat. Dust off any excess flour with a pastry brush. Cut shapes with your cookie cutters and bake it in the oven at 160°C.
Let it cool on the rack and place a ribbon around it. Easy!
So start baking now and no one has to get confused with sorting out which present belongs to which person!
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