Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Blogmas day 23! - Reindeer cookies

Making gingerbread reindeer cookies is something our family started doing last year but they were a big hit so of course we had to make them again this year and this time i'm going to show you how to make them too. 

First of all you are going to need:

  • 75g light brown soft sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of black treacle 
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 rounded teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 95g butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 
  • 225g plain flour sifted, plus a little more for when you are rolling it out
  • Gingerbread men cutters 
  • 1 tube of white icing
  • Red icing
  • Chocolate drops 
  • Edible glitter or sprinkles if you don't have glitter

The first thing that you are going to need to do is put your pan on the hob. Then you need to measure out 75g of light brown soft sugar and put this into the pan. Next add 2 tablespoons of golden syrup and 1 tablespoon of black treacle into the pan as well. Give this a stir around then add 1 tablespoon of water, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger (you can add a little bit more depending on how strong you want your gingerbread reindeer's). Put the hob on a low heat and allow the ingredients to start to warm though. While this is warming measure out 95g of room temperature butter and add this to the pan as well. Continuously stir the mixture to make sure that it doesn't boil or burn. Once everything is mixed together add 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of sofa and mix again. Take the pan off the heat but leave the mixture in the pan. 

Measure out 225g of plain flour and sieve this into the mixture while the pan is off the heat. Pour the flour into the pan in stages to make sure that it all gets mixed in. Mix the mixture until it forms a ball. 
Once it has formed a ball you need to let it cool for 30 minutes. 

Once it has cooled you need to roll it out but make sure that it is at least 3mm thick or your gingerbread will be too thin. Make sure that you put flour on the surface and the rolling pin to stop it from sticking. At this point pre heat your oven to 180C or gas mark 4.

Using a gingerbread man cutter you need to cut the shapes out of the dough and put them on a greaseproof baking tray. 

Make sure that they are evenly spaced so that they have room to cook in the oven. Put them in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they feel firm when they are lightly pressed. Be careful not to press them to hard because you will mark them. Take them out and put them on a cooling rack to cool. 
Once they are cool you can start to decorate them. The make the gingerbread men into gingerbread reindeer all you have to do is turn them upside down. 

 First you have to use the icing to make all the detail of the reindeer. You can make the antlers, ears, eyes and mouth.

Next stick chocolate drops on to create the eyes. 

Use a little bit red icing to create the nose. We used cake glue because my mum makes professional cakes so if you don't have any of the glue you can use a little bit of icing to stick it down. Then using a small paint brush put the glitter onto the antlers of the reindeer. Once you have done this you are done. 

If you doing this recipe yourself please let me know how it goes and tweet me pictures. 

If you want me to do more baking blogs them let me know in the comments below.

Kia x x x 

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