The traditional Gingerbread cookies recipe

Delicious cookies incoming! Here is my recipe for the gingerbread cookies. So cute, really easy to make, and so tasty with their delicious spicy flavour. I decided to make a specific Christmas decor for my pictures, but there are as well so good just by themselves.

Servings

Around 25 cookies

Prep time:

15min

Cook time:

10min

Resting time:

1h

Introduction

About this Recipe

The gingerbread is a really really old recipe. Our actual recipe seems to take his origin from China, in the 10th century, where they baked a honey bread with different aromatic plants for the horseriders of the emperor. Then, in Europe, it’s in Germany where we found the first mention of the gingerbread.

In France, the first baker who brought this recipe was situated in Reims city in the 14th century. Now, due to its proximity with Germany borders, it’s the region of Alsace that is really well known for its gingerbread.

I was used to not liking gingerbread flavour at all until I have started to bake my own gingerbread recipes (cookies or cakes), and now, I can say that I really enjoy them!

So even if you are not a big fan (or someone from your family), try the recipe, and you will see. You can also modify the proportion of the spices according to your taste 😉

Introduction

About this Recipe

The gingerbread is a really really old recipe. Our actual recipe seems to take his origin from China, in the 10th century, where they baked a honey bread with different aromatic plants for the horseriders of the emperor. Then, in Europe, it’s in Germany where we found the first mention of the gingerbread.

In France, the first baker who brought this recipe was situated in Reims city in the 14th century. Now, due to its proximity with Germany borders, it’s the region of Alsace that is really well known for its gingerbread.

I was used to not liking gingerbread flavour at all until I have started to bake my own gingerbread recipes (cookies or cakes), and now, I can say that I really enjoy them!

So even if you are not a big fan (or someone from your family), try the recipe, and you will see. You can also modify the proportion of the spices according to your taste 😉

Ingredients

  • 2 + 1/2 cup (500g) of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1+ 1/2 tsp of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (110g) of brown sugar
  • 7 tbsp (100g) of buter
  • 2 + 1/2 tbsp (50g) of honey
  • 1 egg

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Pour in a mixing bowl the flour, the baking soda, the salt and all the spices. Stir quickly and place aside.

In a sauce pan, pour your honey, the brown sugar and put it on the heat.

Let it cooks until your sugar and butter melt completely and your mix begin to create large bubbles.

Step 2

Pour your honey mix in your flour and stir with a spatula. Not mix directly with your hands for the moment, the honey is really hot don’t burn yourself.

When you begin to have a “dough”, add the egg and continue to stir.

Step 3

When your mix is cooler, take it off from the mixing bowl and continue with your hands directly on the worktop, until your form a nice dough.

Place it in plastic wrap and let it cools for one hour.

Step 4

When it’s cool, preheat your oven at 180°C (356°F). Flour your worktop and spread your dough with a rolling pin.

Take some Christmas cookies cutters and create your cookies. Then, place them on a baking paper and bake them for 10 min.

Let’s cool completely before decorate or eat them just like that !

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