Made yet another batch of these cute lil gingerbread cookies and these are made of wheat flour. This makes my Christmas at least a bit healthier :p
Wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very prosperous NEW YEAR…
Hope this festive season bring lots of happiness around!!
PREPARATION TIME : 60 minutes
COOKING TIME : 10 minutes
MAKES : around 35 cookies
Wholewheat – 1 1/4 cup + for dusting
Demerara sugar – 1/4 cup tightly packed
Honey – 1/4 cup
Butter – 50 gms
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Dry ginger/Sauth – 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder/Dal chini – 1 tsp
Clove powder/Laung – 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder/Jaiphal – 1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder/Kali mirch – 1/4 tsp
Cardamom powder/Elaichi – 1/2 tsp
Icing sugar – 4 tbsp
Corn flour – 1 tsp
Milk – 1 tsp
Food colors – Red and Green
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and the spices. Mix well and keep aside.
Grind the sugar to a fine powder and sift.
In a bowl, add the sugar and the butter. Whisk until creamy and soft.
Now add honey and whisk again for a minute or two.
Add half the flour and mix with your hands until combined. Add in rest of the flour and form a smooth-soft dough.
Cling wrap the dough and refrigerate for an hour.
Pre-heat the oven @180 degree C
Take a portion of dough and roll it into 1/4 inch thick, cut with the desired cookie cutter.
Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment sheet.
Bake for 9-10 minutes or until done.
Remove and let them cool on a wire rack before decorating.
FOR THE ROYAL ICING
Mix the dry ingredients.
Add milk, little at a time, and mix well
Make a smooth paste of thick-thin consistency Divide equally and mix in the desired food colors.
Make individual cones and add the icing.
Now decorate your cookies according to your preference. Let the icing dry and store them in a air tight container.
Roll the dough using butter paper so as to avoid sticking to the rolling pin. Place the cookies 2-3 inches apart as they tend to grow bigger in size while baking.
The cookies will be soft after baking but will harden as they cool.
Do not use the normal sugar for icing, you’ll have a tough time decorating the cookies.
You can use any cookie cutter of your choice.
The quantity of icing will be just enough for decoration.