Take some time out from the Christmas chaos this weekend and indulge in some simple mood enhancing baking, nothing quite evokes the festive feeling like the scent of cinnamon and ginger wafting through the kitchen!
These cookies are really simple to make, the perfect baking project to share with children, or why not make them alone, with just a glass of Anfi Spiced Wine and some relaxing Christmas music to keep you company?
You can shape your dough as you like, and at this time of year you can find a wide selection of festive cookie cutters on the shelves in most supermarkets. Then have fun decorating your cookies with icing and sprinkles.
These cookies make a great edible gift too, simply pop into a pretty box or cellophane bag and decorate with festive ribbon.
Just remember to save a few cookies to leave out for Santa!
140g unsalted butter
100g dark muscovado sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Then in a separate bowl mix flour, soda, spices and a pinch of salt.
Stir in the butter mix and combine well to make a stiff-ish dough.
Once the dough is cool enough to handle, roll it out to about 5mm thick. Stamp out cookies, re-rolling and pressing the trimmings back together and rolling again. Lift onto baking sheets. Bake for between 8 to 12 mins depending on size of cookies or until golden.
Cool 10 mins on the sheets and then lift onto cooling racks.
Decorate with icing sugar & sprinkles.
These cookies will keep up to 1 week in an airtight tin.
Will you be baking up any traditional festive treats this Christmas? Tell us about your country’s Christmas baking specialities in the comments below.