I love the smell of gingerbread! To me they smell and taste just like Christmas, giving off all sorts of warm and cozy vibes. I imagine they are perfect when paired with a mug of steaming hot cocoa (perhaps not so perfect for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere at this time of year but there’s nothing stopping us from indulging at other times!). I am a firm believer that anything that adds to the festive season gets a big tick; so this year, when I decided to make my annual Gingerbread Cookie recipe, I thought it was appropriate to turn them from Gingerbread Men into Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies. I also tend to think anything with the word cookie added to it sounds (and tastes) even better, don’t you?!? These Gingerbread Cookies are soft and chewy without being crumbly. And, come Christmas time they are a family favorite with everyone hanging out for them. I’m sure Steve is going to appreciate having cookies looking like reindeer for lunch this week 😀 The mix of Chelsea Golden Syrup and Chelsea Brown Sugar helps to balance out the ginger, which is important when you have kiddies.Of course you don’t have to make your Gingerbread Cookies into Reindeer; you could totally use this recipe to make good ol’ Gingerbread Men (that’s what Sebastian did!). It’s the perfect all-year-round Gingerbread recipe and, as far decorating goes, the options are endless… You could decorate as I have done here with melted chocolate and lollies; decorate prior to cooking using M&M’s or chocolate drops (they hold their shape better); and / or ice and decorate once cool.
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- 2 1/2cups Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1Tbsp Ground Ginger
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Chelsea Brown Sugar
- 1/2 cup Chelsea Golden Syrup
- 150 grams Butter, softened
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line baking trays with baking paper
- Cream butter and Chelsea Brown Sugar until light, fluffy and pale in colour
- Add Chelsea Golden Syrup and egg. Beat until mixed well.
- Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger together in bowl and stir. If necessary add a little more flour if mixture is too sticky. Roll into a ball and wrap in cling wrap before refrigerating for at least 30 minutes
- Roll out on lightly floured surface or between two sheets of baking paper (less mess) until 5 mm thick. Use gingerbread men cookie cutters to cut out shapes, place on lined baking trays. Ball and reroll leftover dough until all used up
- Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until cooked and golden. Remove and cool on a wire rack
- Once cooled flip upside down so they are standing on their heads and decorate with melted chocolate and lollies to look like reindeer
Your children will love getting in the kitchen and helping you whip up these Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies, and while it’s challenging fun, the look on their faces when they have made something to share is just priceless. Now, there is absolutely nothing to say that you have to have children to make Gingerbread Cookies, just embrace your inner child and creative side. Go on, you know you want too!Personally, I think baking is the perfect pre-Christmas activity, it certainly puts me in a feel good mood – I mean who doesn’t like eating and receiving deliciously baked goods or treats? And thanks to Chelsea Sugar they have a range of sugars and syrups for every occasion. Why not check out their website for inspiration and recipes?!?
What do you reckon? Do you think these Gingerbread Reindeer Cookies are something you would make this festive season? If you do, I’d love to see them, so share your creations using #chelseasugar!**Giveaway now CLOSED** Thanks, to the lovely team at Chelsea Sugar I have a $50 Prize Pack to give away, just in time for Christmas! To enter, simply comment with your ‘go-to Christmas recipe’. Pop on over to this Facebook post to like and comment for an extra entry or two or three. Don’t forget to like Always Made With Love on Facebook too!
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