Hello Dear Ones!
Gingerbread, cinnamon, holly and the colour red makes me think of Christmas!
Which is definitely something to be happy about!
Our amazing little sister Vivien Bong baked, styled and photographed these delicious Gingerbread cookies. Viv has just finished year 12 and I am very keen to showcase her creativity here on BigPictureStuff.
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
From Pastry Affair
Yields 2-3 dozen cookies
8 tablespoons (115 grams) butter
1/3 cup (65 grams) dark brown sugar
2/3 cup (155 ml) dark molasses
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar. Add in the molasses and egg and continue mixing. Mix in the baking soda, spices, and salt. Gradually add the flour, stirring until well combined.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour to firm up the dough.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper for best cookie removal (gingerbread tends to stick to the pan).
Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick and cut out the cookies using cookie cutters. If the dough gets too soft while rolling out, place it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm it back up. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. Remove and allow to rest on the baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Have you ever noticed how gingerbread cookies always seen to be cut with the “gingerbread cookie cutters”. The ‘man, wife, children’ and ‘house’ (the house for those baking pros out there ) seem to be specially designed just for gingerbread! I for one have never seen a ‘shortbread house’ or an ‘ANZAC biscuit house’.
Perhaps the gingerbread at Christmas time is symbolic of the togetherness and the ‘coming home’ of friends and family. Most people will be heading home to loved one at Christmas. Some may be seeing loved ones they haven’t seen for a few years. Christmas is a time where family is valued, appreciated and encouraged!
Thank you for being our family and for being our support through BigPictureStuff! This year has been incredible as Vess and I have constructed the blog, collaborated with friends, connected with creatives and celebrated humanity!
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