Freezable Gingerbread Men Dough

Freezable Gingerbread Men Dough

Posted 2017-11-05 by Naomi follow
This timesaver makes delicious biscuits. Make the dough ahead, freeze and use when you need to bake gingerbread men at Christmas.

The dough is easy to work with when slightly defrosted and makes cutting easy. They can be made gluten and lactose free.

[Image1 The frozen dough makes delicious gingerbread men]

Preparation Time: 10 minutes (for dough), 10 - 15 minutes (on day of baking)
Cooking Time: 0 minutes (for dough), 10 minutes (on day of baking)
Serves: 2 square batches, 16 - 18 cookies per square

125g butter (or nuttelex if lactose free)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup golden syrup
2 tsp ground ginger
2 1/2 cups self raising flour (gluten free if required)
1 tsp bicarb soda

Quick royal icing
1 egg white
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
Food colouring

You will need:
  • Baking paper

  • Method
  • Beat the butter and sugar for 8 - 10 minutes, until pale and creamy.
  • Add the golden syrup, sift the ginger, flour, and bicarb soda on top and stir until just combined.
  • [Image9 The dough will have a slightly golden colour]
  • Divide the dough into two, roll each between two sheets of baking paper to make two, 1.5 cm thick, 12 - 15 cm sized squares.
  • Wrap in baking paper and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • [Image10 Wrap the dough in baking paper]

    On the day of baking
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line two trays with baking paper.
  • Roll slightly defrosted, firm dough between two layers of baking paper until it is 4-5mm thick.
  • Cut gingerbread man shapes with a cookie cutter. Re-roll and cut dough until all used and place on the baking tray. Leave room for the biscuits to spread.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire racks.
  • [Image13 Cut the gingerbread men shapes and bake until golden]
  • To make the royal icing, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until combined and shiny.
  • [Image11 Royal icing is glossy and will set hard over time]
  • Divide the icing into separate bowls. Keep one bowl white and add food colouring of choice to the other bowls. Use a piping bag / ziplock bag with a small hole in the corner and decorate the gingerbread.
  • Serve.

  • Note: The total amount of time taken for the icing to set depends on the weather. Very warm or humid climates take longer.

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