Halloween isn’t something that is celebrated in India, but its a holiday I still love and try to integrate into the month of October.
These gingerbread cookies are really easy to make based on how complicated you want the design to be. While most people won’t have a skeleton cookie cutter (do you even get one?) using a regular gingerbread man cookie cutter works perfectly.
For the cookies:
- 350g plain flour, sifted
- 2 rounded tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 175g chopped cold unsalted butter
- 175g light soft brown sugar
- 90g honey
- 1 large egg
For the royal icing:
- 2 egg whites
- 330g icing sugar
- 2 tsps lemon juice
I started off by combining the flour with the ground ginger and bicarb soda. Using my finger tips, bring the flour and butter together. If you have a food processor, you could just do all this in that, but since I don’t, I just used my hands.
When that’s done, add in the brown sugar, honey and the egg. If the dough seems too dry and in a bit of milk.
I dumped everything onto the counter tip and kneaded it together with my hand.
The butter ends up getting really soft, so it’s better to refrigerate it in some cling film.
When its refrigerated for an hour or so and solidified, dust your surface with flour and roll out the dough until a couple of millimetres thin.
Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place it on prepared baking tray.
Bake the cookies at 180C for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
While the cookies are in the oven and then cooling, make your royal icing.
In a clean grease, free bowl begin whisking your egg whites. when they begin to get fluffy add in some of the sugar. As the icing begins to get stiffer, add in more sugar until all is used. When done, the egg whites should make very stiff peaks.
Once your cookies have cooled and the icing is done, prepare your icing bag. Use a nozzle with a small hole to pipe the skeleton and fill the bag with icing.
Start off with the face. Initially, I was doing the really complicated design which took quite a while.
This is the complicated one, for the head, I just made an oval shape and then eyes, and filled it in. For the arms, I just piped on lines, but stopping in the middle to show a joint. The spine was just dots piped in a line as shown above, and the ribs were angular lines out of that. As for the legs, I did the same things as the arms, after making a triangular shape at the bottom of the spine for the pelvis.
If you want to make your life easier, use the second pattern I used.
For this one, I simply made two dots for the eyes, a line down the centre and little lines across it for the mouth. Two T-shaped arms, a line down the centre with angular outward lines for the ribs, and two T-shaped legs again and that was it.
The first two that I made really complicated took me almost 10 minutes each. But I managed to finish all my other cookies in only 15 minutes using this pattern.