Does this happen normally to you? Get up in the morning thinking mmmm I want something sweet and you know exactly what you want?!
I’ve never made ginger cookies before and I haven’t baked in a while. I picked up other less fattening hobbies these days 🙂 but I wanted to make something creative and I’ve worked with royal icing only a couple of times now and yes it has been challenging but also very rewarding!
I had a karaoke night and thought it would be nice to have something to go with the theme. Have musical notes here and there and also pianos and keys 🙂
Usually for ginger cookies you need molasses but I didn’t have any and gave it my own twist and added maple syrup instead. Mind you it still tastes great!! And they smell like Xmas! 😀
INGREDIENTS: make 35
For the cookies-
85 gr butter
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 tbsp whole cloves
1 tbsp ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups flour
1 pinch of salt
2/3 cup maple syrup
For the royal icing-
2 egg whites
2 1/2 icing sugar
black food colouring
Start by sifting all the flour and the spices together (except the cloves). Melt the butter with the cloves and let infuse for 10-15 minutes, then sieve the butter in a bowl with the brown sugar. Beat until mixed (it will be very liquid but don’t worry about it). Add the egg and the dry ingredients. Lastly add the maple syrup. The dough should become compact, soft and easy to make into a ball.
Cover in cling and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Turn oven on 180°. Flour the working surface and roll out the dough. Leave it at least 1 cm high and cut in your chosen shapes (I did round and square).
Line a tray with parchment, place the cookies on it and bake for 10minutes. Let them cool completely on a rack.
Meantime make the royal icing by whisking all the ingredients together until you reach a thick mixture. If it is too liquid still, add more sugar, if too thick add water.
Divide in two bowls, one of which you will colour in black.
Pour the icing in two piping bags with thin nozzles. I used the glasses to help me pouring it in and to hold the bags while I’m not using them.
Now start decorating. It took me a couple of tries to see which was the simplest for the designs I had in mind so here it goes. For the round cookies draw a circle near the edge with the white icing and fill in. Use a toothpick to help you with the gaps.
With small circular movements, spread the icing. Let dry. With the black icing, make small dots around the white circle and draw a musical key or notes as you wish and let dry.
The square ones took me a bit longer to figure out but this seemed like the simplest way. Draw a white outline of the square. On top of the square, draw two rectangles close to each other, making sure there are white spaces between and aside. Leave the rectangles empty and fill in the rest of the cookie.
You have the choice to let dry or keep on working on it like I did. With the black icing, draw an outer border. Outline the two rectangles, overlapping with the white colour, and fill in. Draw a straight downwards line from the bottom middle of the rectangles to the end of the cookies. And you have a piano key!
Of course you can make any designs you wish. I tried 5 different ways to make the piano and this was the most successful.
Anywoos! Hope you enjoy making these yummy cookies not only tasty but also good looking 😉
And enjoy making a mess!
Ciao for now! xox