Easy gingerbread cut into star shapes

Ultimate easy gingerbread

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 1 hr chilling
  • Easy

Make some gingerbread stars to hang from your Christmas tree. This biscuit dough is extremely forgiving if overworked, so it's perfect for baking with children

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving (16)
NutrientUnit
kcal150
fat5g
saturates3g
carbs23g
sugars12g
fibre1g
protein2g
salt0.2g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the butter, syrup and sugar together in a small pan until melted, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly.

  • STEP 2

    Mix together the bicarb, ginger, cinnamon and flour in a large bowl. Pour in the buttery syrup mixture and stir to combine, then use your hands to bring together to form a dough. The dough will be soft at this point, but it’ll firm up in the fridge.

  • STEP 3

    Put the dough on a sheet of baking parchment, shape into a rectangle, and lay another sheet of parchment on top of it. Roll the dough out to a thickness of ½cm. Transfer to a baking sheet to keep it flat, leaving the parchment in place, then chill in the fridge for 1 hr.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line a large baking sheet with more baking parchment. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut out shapes using a cookie cutter. We used 9cm stars, but you can choose any shape. We also made some with smaller stars cut out of the centre to thread ribbon through and hang from a Christmas tree.

  • STEP 5

    Place the shapes, spread apart, on the lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 mins. (Depending on the size of the cutters you use, they might need a few minutes more or less cooking in the oven). Leave to cool completely on the baking sheet.

  • STEP 6

    Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with 1-2 tbsp water – you want to create a consistency that’s thick and pipeable, and not too thin or it will run. Decorate the cooled biscuits with the icing using a piping bag with a thin nozzle. Find out how to make a piping bag.

Recipe tips: Twists

Gingerbread ice cream sandwich
Use 9cm round cutters instead. Once cooked and cooled, dust them in gold lustre. Put a spoonful of salted caramel or even peanut butter ice cream in the middle and sandwich them together.

Gluten-free gingerbread
Simply swap the plain flour for gluten-free plain flour and follow the same method.

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