Delicious Christmas tree decorations

This year I went full on gingerbread cookies as decorations for my Christmas tree. A good decision. A very yummy, Christmassy smelly one. I mean, it can’t go more Christmassy than that.

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For the cookies you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg

For the icing:

  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 4 tsp milk

METHOD:

  1. in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, baking soda and set aside;
  2. using an electric mixer, beat butter and the sugar until smooth;
  3. add in molasses and egg;
  4. with your mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients;
  5. once you finished adding the dry ingredients, your dough should look very crumbly and nowhere like a dough;
  6. don’t panic;
  7. remove the mixer and continue mixing using your hands;
  8. the warmth of your hands will met the butter and it will allow the mixture to turn into a dough;
  9. once you reached the desirable dough consistency, shape it into a ball and wrap it in plastic cover;
  10. set aside in the fridge for a minimum of 1-2h, preferably overnight;
  11. roll the dough;
  12. cut the dough with the desired cookie cutters;
  13. with the use of a straw, pinch some holes on top of the cookies;
  14. bake at 180º C for 12 minutes;
  15. set aside on a cooling rack and allow them to harden;

For the icing:

  1. in a bowl add the powdered sugar;
  2. add in the milk;
  3. stir until you form a smooth paste;
  4. add more milk if needed;

and you’ll get this:

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AND PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS NOT CHRISTMASSY AF!

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Might add some fresh slices of oranges later on and some cinnamon sticks for extra christmassy smells. And some smoked pig’s fat and some homemade smoked sausages to keep my mum happy. After all, I am an Eastern European and pigs keep us happy for Christmas. Sorry, vegans.

But a little bit back to the recipe. It is not my first time trying it, I am abusing it every winter and every year until now I skipped the molasses. Firstly, because I couldn’t find it back when I used to live in my hometown in Romania, and later on because I kept moving around, changing countries and the word molasses wasn’t really the first one into my mind to translate it. Don’t get me wrong, you can skip it and add more sugar if you want, but adding it this year, I figure it out that the molasses give the cookies that christmassy gingerbread taste. And the colour. So for those living in Berlin/Germany, you can easily find molasses in the bio supermarkets, and for those who do not, you can easily order it here.

Until next time,

V.

 

 

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