Gingerbread dates from the 15th century, and figural biscuit-making was practiced in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was at the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests.
|Gingerbread Man Cookies||Metric|
|Light Brown Sugar||100g|
|Bicarbonate of Soda||5g|
|Gingerbread Man Cutter, Royal Icing (Optional for Decoration )|
Makes approximately 25 cookies ( depending on size )
1. Preheat the oven to 200C,
2. Place the water, sugar, honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt into sauce pan and bring the mixture to the boil continuously stirring.
3. Remove from the heat and add diced butter, stir until combined.
4. Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix.
5. Leave the mixture to cool to the room temperature.
6. Add sifted flour to the cooled mixture and mix together to form a sticky dough.
7. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill until firm.
8. On the floured surface roll out the dough to a thickness of about 5mm.
9. Cut out cookies using gingerbread man cutter, place them on to the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
10. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 10-12 minutes, depending on size, or until the cookies become a slightly darker shade.
11. Once cookies are baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
12. Decorate cookies with royal icing.