Christmas time and school holidays are a great excuse to get baking, especially with the kids - and we think there's no more festive treat than gingerbread. We dug out our favourite classic gingerbread biscuit recipe to share with you today, for you to make yourself at home.
This is a great reliable base-recipe to have tucked away, and then you can put your own spin on it with different shapes and designs. Gingerbread is a nice simple mix, that's really fun to make at home with the kids or grandkids, and they can let their personality and creativity shine with the decoration.
Don't be afraid to get creative with your cookies - why not...
* Add holes and thread through ribbon to hang them on the Christmas tree - snowflakes are perfect for this.
* Cut out gingerbread men shapes and turn them upside down, to make super cute reindeer shapes (Google search this for a photo guide - it's very clever!).
* Use letter and number cutters to spell out family members names and ages - a great gift idea.
* Buy an embossed rolling pin to make intricate designs super easy.
* Head to Spotlight to get small gift boxes and ribbon to package your creations into beautiful gifts.
If life's a little too busy to bake at this time of year, just easily order online an Angel Delivery Sweet Treats hamper (click here) - perfect to have in ready for the holiday season and Christmas Day. Too easy!
Here's the recipe... Enjoy!
125g butter, softened
175g brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
350g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Cream together the butter and sugar until it's pale and fluffy. You can do this in a standing mixer, with a hand mixer, in a food processor or by hand (a bit of an arm workout, but a great option for baking with kids). Add the egg and golden syrup, and mix again to combine everything.
Add the flour, soda, ginger and cinnamon and give it all a final mix until it starts to come together into a dough.
Lightly flour the bench and tip out your dough. Use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball (you'll need to knead it a bit to combine, it can get a little messy so roll up those sleeves!). Put the dough ball into the fridge and chill for around half an hour.
Once chilled, lightly flour your bench again and roll out the dough with your rolling pin, aiming for an even layer around half a centimetre thick.
Cut out your shapes. We just did cute hearts but don't feel you can't get creative! You can even hand cut or shape with a knife or your hands - go freestyle! If you want your decorations to hang on your tree, this is the time to poke a small hole on top - using a skewer or a straw can work well.
Place your cookies on a lined baking tray. Leave a little room between them for growth, but these cookies don't tend to spread too much.
Bake in your oven at 180 degrees fan bake, for 12 minutes, or until the edges are starting to go golden brown.
Leave to cool fully before you decorate your cookies. Decorating can be really fun and you can get ready-to-go icing packs at the supermarket - but don't feel you have to decorate then as plain gingerbread is delicious too!
Don't forget to share your gingerbread photos online and tag us (@angeldeliverynz #angeldelivery) so we can enjoy your finished creations too!