''A balanced diet is a Christmas cookie in each hand!''… the festive season simply isn’t complete without plenty of delicious food. And these gingerbread cookies (also known as gingerbread men or women ) are the perfect Christmas treat! That’s why we made these delicious gingerbread cookies.

What you need (makes 30 cookies ):

·         330g flour
·         135g molasses
·         125g butter
·         75g dark brown sugar
·         3 tsp ground ginger
·         2 tsp cinnamon
·         2 tsp baking powder
·         Pinch of salt
·         Gingerbread cookie cutter
·         Baking sheet
·         Parchment paper  

 For the icing:

·         500g icing sugar
·         4 tbsp water
·         Food colouring in different colours
·         Piping bag   

Tip: why not choose ready-to-use icing pens to decorate your cookies? These are available in every supermarket.

Hit “play” on your Christmas song list, it’s time to get your bake on!

Whisk the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then whisk in the molasses, spices and salt. Sift the flour and baking powder, add to the mixture and knead to a dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes… time to indulge in some hot chocolate.

Gingerbread cookie cutter
Are the 30 minutes up? Make sure you preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F/ mark 5) and line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the dough 3 mm to 4mm thick. Cut out the shapes with a Gingerbread cookie cutter. Transfer the cookies to the baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Yum, it’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!

Time to decorate!

Let the cookies cool for a crispier texture and then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

And now for the fun part; time to decorate the cookies with icing. Put the icing sugar in a bowl, add water and mix until the icing is smooth and thick enough. If the mixture is too thick, you can add some more water (a drop at a time). If you want to use different colours of icing, you should split the icing into several bowls and add a specific colour to every bowl. Put one batch of icing in the piping bag and decorate the gingerbread cookies one colour at a time. Get creative, gorgeous!