Gingerbread snowflakes cookies, large flakes with a pretty royal icing decoration, is a perfect recipe for Christmas cookies.
Gingerbread Snowflakes Cookies
This gingerbread snowflakes cookies are both crunchy and melt-in-the-mouth, with a delicious aroma of Gingerbread spices.
Also, Gingerbread is simply a mix of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and cloves, a perfect combo to flavor all your Christmas cookies and desserts.
And to be enjoyed with a good hot chocolate and marshmallows, it is so comforting with this winter cold.
Why choose these Christmas cookies :
- It's a perfect recipe from the famous Martha Stewart,
- They are in xl format with the Wilton snowflake cookie cutter.
- Its blend of gingerbread spices is perfect to start the Christmas cookie season!
Ingredients for the Gingerbread Mixture
To make these delicious gingerbread flavoured cookies, you can use a ready-made gingerbread mix (gingerbread) or prepare it yourself by mixing these 4 spices:
In the realization of the gingerbread, another ingredient is also essential, it is :
How to make spice snowflake cookies
Preparation of the gingerbread cookie dough
- To start, mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking soda, salt and Gingerbread special spices.
- Then in the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes,
- Stir in the eggs and molasses and mix until a homogeneous paste is obtained.
- Then incorporate the dry ingredients mixture and mix until you obtain a ball of dough.
- And divide the dough for the gingerbread cookies in 3 and wrap your dough balls in cling film.
- Then place them in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Roll out the dough to a thickness of 6 mm and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Finally, using a snowflake cutter with a diameter of about 15-17 cm, cut out the snowflake shapes from your dough.
- Then place the cookies on a baking tray covered with baking paper or a silicone baking mat.
- And place your baking sheet in the freezer again for 15 minutes.
- Then bake them in the oven for the time indicated in the recipe sheet.
- Finally, let your cookies cool down.
Preparation of the royal icing
- First, place the sifted powdered sugar and egg whites in a bowl and mix with an electric hand mixer for about 7 minutes.
The mixture should be quite white, a little thick but still runny, a perfect texture to decorate your cookies with royal icing.
But if the mixture seems too runny, add powdered sugar in small quantities and mix again. If it seems too thick, add a few drops of water.
Then, keep your powdered sugar at room temperature until it's time to decorate your spice snowflake cookies.
Decorating the cookies with royal icing
- Start by placing the royal icing in a disposable pastry bag fitted with a tiny round 0, 1 or 2 tip and sprinkle with granulated sugar to add a snow effect to your cookies.
- Let your snowflakes dry for 1 hour at room temperature.
How to store the spiced snowflake cookies
Just like dry cookies, in a box with a tight lid for about 1 week or in the freezer for about 3 months.
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The homemade Royal Icing
Royal icing is a mixture of powdered sugar and egg white.
It is very much used to decorate cookies, cakes or to glaze small cakes!
Also the royal icing must be used with the right texture according to its use, if it's for writing, drawing, covering etc...
But here to decorate cookies, you will need a mixture neither too liquid nor too thick, so that you can easily pour from your piping bag without dripping and draw nice shapes on your cookies.
And add food coloring to color your royal icing for more fun cookies!
Video how to apply royal icing :
Gingerbread snowflakes cookies
- 770 g Farine
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1 1/2 pinch salt
- 4 tsp ground ginger
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp gournd cloves
- 1 tsp gournd nutmeg
- 230 g Butter - softened
- 220 g cane sugar
- 2 eggs
- 350 ml molasses
- 300 g Icing sugar - sifted
- 2 eggwhite
Preparation of the gingerbread cookies
- In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
- In the bowl of your food processor, beat the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes, then stir in the eggs and molasses and continue to mix until you get a smooth dough.
- Stir in the dry ingredients and when the dough starts to form a homogeneous ball, divide it in 3, wrap your dough balls in cling film and place them in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 356°F / 180°C and line a baking tray with a baking mat.
- On a sheet of floured baking parchment, roll out the dough to a thickness of 6 mm, place your baking sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up.
- Using a cookie cutter about 15-17 cm in diameter, cut out the snowflake shapes from your dough.
- Arrange the cookies on your baking sheets and place them back in the freezer for 15 minutes before baking them for 12-14 minutes in the oven.
- Let your cookies cool before moving them.
Preparation of the royal icing :
- Whip the sifted powdered sugar with the egg whites until white and frothy, for about 7 minutes.
- If you think the icing is too thick, you can add a few drops of water until you get the right texture, and if on the contrary it is too liquid, add a little powdered sugar and mix again.
- Fill a piping bag with royal icing, fitted with a small round tip, decorate your cookies (see video) and sprinkle immediately with granulated sugar.
- Leave your cookies to dry for 1 hour at room temperature.