Thursday, December 2, 2010

Baking Christmas Cookies

I love to bake for Christmas, not only cookies, but cakes and muffins as well!

This weekend I'm attempting on baking Gingerbread men and women, decorated of coure, and also some sugar cookies in the shape of stars!

Here are some recipes that I love, go ahead and try them out and let me know what you think!

Gingerbread Men

  • 125 g (135 ml) butter
  • 100 g (125 ml) brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 350 g (625 ml) cake flower
  • 5 ml baking soda
  • 15 ml fine ginger
  • 40 ml golden syrap
Preheat your oven to 180 ÂșC. Place some baking paper (wax paper) on your baking tray. Cream the butter and sugar together untill creamy. Add the egg yolk and mix well. Sift the flower, baking soda and ginger together. Ad the dry ingredients to the syrap and gently add to the creamy butter mixture. Mix well! Knee the mixture well and roll out between two layers of wax sheets till about 3 mm thick. Press out your gingerbread men and place on the baking tray. Bake for about 10 min and enjoy!

For great sugarcookies:

  • 4½ cups of sifted flower
  • 20 ml baking powder
  • 2,5 ml salt
  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml milk
  • 2 ml vanilla essence
  • extra sugar to sprinkle on top
Preheat oven to 180 °C. Line your baking tray with baking paper. Sift all the dry ingredients together. Cream the butter and sugar untill light in color and creamy. Add the eggs and mix well. Now carefully add your dry ingredients and then the milk and vanilla. Mix well. Cover the dough with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for an hour. Now role out your dough (devide your dough for easier use) and make beautiful stars. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and enjoy!

Here's a recipe for beautiful white icing and silver balls to go on top:

  • 2 cups of icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 egg white
  • few drops of lemon juice
  • silwer balletjies
  • food colouring
Mix the ingredients together (excpet the silver balls and colour).Then add a colour you prefer and decorate your biscuits with icing and silver balls.