Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies



After a busy week of cooking a Christmas Dinner for 20 something people last Saturday and finally doing the lasts of my Christmas gifts shopping, I can finally sit down with the family and enjoy some quality time together baking and decorating Gingerbread cookies. It was a really therapeutic exercise for me and the girls and Ming thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.



I was over at Big Boys Oven today and couldn’t help but feel totally blissful with the sound of Nat King Cole crooning “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire” in the background, so much so I have downloaded the tune for the purpose of adding some Christmas ambience to my blog. So, if you do so feel inclined, press ‘play’ on “imeem” on the top right hand corner of my blog. Don’t forget to check out the very gifted Sunny and Sid for some really creative festive baking ideas on their brilliant blog – I get loads of inspiration from these two awesomely cool dudes!



















I am also submitting these Gingerbread Cookies as an entry for Susan’s 'Eat Christmas Cookies'event. Check out Foodbloggafor more Christmas Cookie ideas or better yet, submit your very own entry for a chance to win a copy of Sherry Yard’s new cookbook, “Desserts by the yard”.












Christmas Gingerbread Cookies
Makes a whole lot of Gingerbread Cookies! Recipe may be halved to yield around 40-50 mid sized cookies.

1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 cup molasses
340g butter
5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1tsp salt
1 ½ ground cloves
4 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp water

Mix softened butter and sugar till creamy. Add eggs, molasses and water and mix well. Mix the dry ingredients together then blend into butter mixture.
Wrap dough in two portions with cling wrap and chill for two hours or if you’re impatient like me, freeze for 40 minutes. Roll out dough onto lightly floured surface and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies an inch apart on baking sheets and bake for 5 minutes on 175 degrees Celsius. Cool completely before decorating with royal icing.

Have a Blessed Christmas from my family to yours!

25 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

WoW! WoW! WoW! lovely gingerbread cookies, so white and beautiful and so much patient, lovely!

Love that song, one of my favourite during the christmas ... Thank you Carol.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

DermDoc said...

Who wouldn't want to listen to Nat croon? He was (and still is) one of the best. The same can be said of your gingerbread cookies. They are just beautiful. Many thanks to you and your sweet girls, Carol. Cheers, Susan

LiTtLe ChEfFo said...

hallo carol Merry Christmas....from my family to your family yah.....
i really love your ginger bread i agree with big boys oven it is so white and nice they look beautiful...
oyah Carol will you come this sunday to church? because i would like to give you a Christmas gift hehe for you and your family :)
and oyah Carol i wanna share my cookies and cupcakes recipe to foodblooga if that's okay :).....hehehe
Merry Christmas Carol
I Miss Your Girls Paige and Chloe T_T

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oops, sorry, Dermdoc is my husband. Didn't realize he was signed it. He'd love your cookies too though! -Susan

singairishgirl said...

Hi Carol, how do you do the white icing? They look beautiful. It was very hectic for me too, but I hope I can settle today and do some baking. Speaking of which, I better go get started now. Catch you later.

By the way, that's lovely the sushi sessions you do with your family on a weekly basis, and pohpiah too. Pohpiahs are great and I love them. Same as steamboats, haha, everyone cooks their own.

For Christmas, when I'm not away at the in-law's, I usually roast a turkey, etc, and have my mum and sis over for dinner.

WokandSpoon said...

These cookies are completely gorgeous! I love the decorations! I would hang them up on the tree rather than eat them
;-)

C i n T a P o P i a * said...

Have a very Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year to you and your family, Carol! I thank God indeed for such beautiful personalities He gave you and your family :)

many happy returns!!! :)

Kate / Kajal said...

looks like u had a blast making these. they looks too good to eat. perfect indeed.

Merry Christmas .... would love to dig into your cookies now :P

Sylvia said...

Happy Christmas Carol from owr home to yours. Lovely ginger cookies, I sendo you a E mail too

Celine said...

I love the design of your cookies. They are all unique.

tigerfish said...

Wishing your family a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! :D

LiTtLe ChEfFo said...

thank you so much Carol .......
this actually the first time i made ginger bread house and i got the recipe from internet T_T hehe
i hope the taste as good as the look hihi
i'm affraid the ginger bread house taste not to good T_T *crying because i'm affraid i put to much ginger powder and mollases making it to sweet and taste spices....
i want to try to make ginger cookies with your lovely recipes must be great and taste yummmyyyy
please give me a feedback about the ginger house Carol if maybe i did something wrong taste not too good to sweet or to bitter...hihihi
thank you so much
oyah i wanna make a chocolate mud cake for you and family.i hope you like it....:)

LiTtLe ChEfFo said...

Carol...thank you so much for the cookies you gave me.... my family love it specially my mom and tasia as well hihihi...we almost kill each other to have one of your cookies
and we finish it only in 1 night haha....awesome
i love you and you cookies cakes and foodssssss yummmmmmmmm
thank you so much.....mmuuahhhh
i really hope that i could be a great and excellent baker like you one day...honest.......mmuuaahhhh

Joy said...

I love gingerbread cookies! Especially coz they are good for my tummy and they are really yummy :D

Don't forget me when you're all famous. Move over Mrs Fields!

Happy Christmas to you, Ming , Paige and Chloe!

Here in Manila now enjoying time with my two babies!

joy
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Nora B. said...

Hi Carol,
wow, your cookies are decorated so prettily. Your daughters did such a great job. I made spiced cookies for decorating, but after decorating two cookies and realising that it's not where my talent lies, I got my man to take over. he did such a great job! I should have taken some photos, but we were in such a rush the few days before Christmas.

I hope that you and your family have been having a fabulous time.

x nora

thwany said...

your cookies + 1 large jug of whole milk = best holiday present ever.

those cookies look scrumptious!

Shella said...

Though late, but still wishing you a beautiful Christmas. Lovely pics.

daphne said...

What beautiful bakes!! Nice nice nice!
Wishing you a blessed new year. =)

Big Boys Oven said...

Hi Carol, Congratulation in advance 2008 on your baking class. We just posted Sunny Yaw's baking class debut details on the blog. We are excited and hope you will also able to join us at our studio to do some baking lesson! this is incredible! from sunny & sid

CresceNet said...

Gostei muito desse post e seu blog é muito interessante, vou passar por aqui sempre =) Depois dá uma passada lá no meu site, que é sobre o CresceNet, espero que goste. O endereço dele é http://www.provedorcrescenet.com . Um abraço.

Dwiana P said...

Wishing you happy newy year 2008. Best of luck for the new year!

Ashley said...

Great photos Carol! You really know how to capture not only the beauty of the finished product, but of the preparation as well! Your girls are beautiful and it looks like they had a lot of fun in the preparation!

Hope you have a very happy new year!

Christina said...

Beatiful pictures! You've been a coookie-baking-machine! Everything looks wonderful.

I hope you had a blessed holiday.

The Cooking Ninja said...

Those cookies are beautiful and so are your girls. :)

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