The Ultimate Festive Gingerbread Recipe

Gingerbread is one of the most fun-filled festive treats you can make during the Christmas period and we've got the ultimate gingerbread recipe.

The Festive Gingerbread Recipe Everyone Will Love

From warming mince pies to decadent Christmas cakes, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to Christmas baking. However, one of the most fun-filled festive treats you can make are melt-in-the-mouth gingerbread cookies and we’ve got the ultimate gingerbread recipe that’s easy enough for the whole family involved. So whether you give them away as Christmas gifts, or enjoy them yourself in the lead-up to the big day - these deliciously moreish gingerbread cookies are sure to be a hit.

How Long Does Gingerbread Last?

Your gingerbread cookies should last for about 7 days in a biscuit tin – but good luck keeping your hands off them for that long! This delicious gingerbread recipe is just too hard to resist.

If you’re looking to make these ahead of time, simply wrap them in foil, place them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to three months.

How to Make Gingerbread Cookies

Makes: 15 cookies

Ingredients:

150g unsalted butter

5 tbsp golden syrup (or molasses for a richer flavour)

120g light brown soft sugar

2 tsp ground ginger

½  tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg  

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

350g plain flour (plus extra for rolling)

Writing icing, sprinkles and sweets to decorate

Equipment 

Large mixing bowl

2 baking trays

Medium saucepan

Mixing spoon

Rolling pin

Christmas cookie cutters

 

Method 

  1. Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add the sugar, golden syrup and butter to a pan and melt over a low heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and add butter and sugar mixture, stirring until it forms a dough. Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Whilst your gingerbread dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 180ºC and line your baking trays with baking paper.
  5. Lightly dust your work surface with flour (or baking paper to save on cleaning up!) and roll the dough out until 1/2 cm thick.
  6. Use Christmas-shaped cookie cutters to cut out your gingerbread cookies and arrange them on your baking sheets. If you plan to use your cookies as a hanging decoration, simply use a metal straw to cut out a hole at the top of each cookie.
  7. Place your cookies in the oven for 10-15 minutes whilst the festive gingerbread scent fills your home. Be careful not to overbake your cookies, as they will harden as they cool.
  8. If you’re able to resist, leave the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking trays before carefully transferring them onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cool, decorate your cookies with writing icing, sprinkles, edible glitter and sweets for some truly scrumptious-looking Christmas cookies.

 

We’d love to see your Christmas gingerbread creations! Tag us on Instagram for your chance to be featured.  

 

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