Thursday 21 November 2013

Posted by Judie on Thursday 21 November 2013
A wonderful recipe for Christmas!

Makes 24, 5 inch cookies
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/4 tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger 
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves 
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest (optional)

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended. In a large bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended. Add golden syrup, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended. Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth. 

Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours. (Dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, but in this case it should be refrigerated. Return to room temp before using.) 

Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough out to a scant 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. If the dough is too sticky to handle try chilling the dough then place one portion of the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll out then remove the top sheet of parchment paper and cut out cookies with desired cutter - the ginger bread man is a favourite of course. Cut the shapes (in a puzzle-like way). Then, without moving the dough, put the parchment paper on a baking sheet in the freezer for about ten minutes. The shapes should be much easier to remove to put on a baking tray this way. 

Space cookies 1 1/2 inch apart. Bake one sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies). Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack. After cookies are cool you may decorate them any way you like.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories (kcal): 134.2
Protein: 1.9g
Carbohydrates: 24.3g
Fat: 3.2g
Fiber: 0.5g
Sodium: 94.6mg
Cholesterol: 15.3mg

Adapted from Original Recipe
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