Easy Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies baking in the oven is the quickest way to fill your home with the smell of Christmas. And all it takes are a few simple ingredients!

The first time I ever heard of gingerbread was when I read about it in a Mary Poppins story, in which rows and rows of dark gingerbread were studded with gilt stars that gleamed through Mrs Corry's curious sweet shop. I have been captivated ever since.

225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
50g butter, softened, at room temperature
100g brown sugar
100g molasses or honey or golden syrup

Heat oven to 300 F. Line a baking tray with greased parchment or butter paper. Add the butter, molasses and sugar into a large bowl and place on low heat, stirring to mix everything well. Leave to cool for about ten minutes or so.  

Meanwhile, sieve the dry ingredients, then mix with the wet ingredients to form the gingerbread dough. On a surface that has been gently floured, roll out the dough to about 1/4" thickness, then cut out the shapes you like with the help of a mould. Place them carefully on the baking tray, then bake for around 12 minutes. 

Banner image credit: Aashim Tyagi