Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Spell It Out Ginger Cookies

V A L E N T I N E S C O O K I E S
(when somebody just needs you to spell it out for them)

Y O U  W I L L  N E E D

350g Plain Flour (Plus extra for rolling out)
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
125g Butter
175g Light Soft Brown Sugar
1 Egg
4 tbsp Golden Syrup

T O  D E C O R A T E

Icing Sugar
Water
Ready to roll fondant in any colour

E Q U I P M E N T 

Letter Cookie Cutters
Rolling Pin
Baking Paper
Food Processor
Baking Tray
Clingfilm

L E T ' S  B A K E   
PREBAKE Line a tin with baking paper and set the oven to Gas mark 4/180C to preheat. 

O N E 
Sift the flour, Bicarbonate of Soda, Ginger and Cinnamon together. Pour this mix along with the butter into a food processor and blitz until a breadcrumb consistency is reached. Stir in the sugar.
T WO
Beat the egg and Golden Syrup together and add to the existing mix in the food processor and keep mixing until the contents forms together to create a dough. Knead a couple of times and then wrap up un clingfilm and pop in the fridge for 20 minutes.
T H R E E
Lightly flour the counter, roll out the chilled dough and begin to cut out all of the required letters. Place on the baking tray and pop into the oven. 
F O U R 
Bake for 10 minutes until golden brown or if you want them to crisp up a little more than leave them in a few minutes longer. When you take them out of the oven, leave them on the tray to cool and set as the dough can often stay quite soft so if you try and move them the shape will change. 
F I V E 
Time to decorate! I opted for fondant icing purely to get a cleaner, more uniformed and quicker finish. In a bowl mix up some Royal Icing using icing sugar and water to use as a 'glue'. Dust your counter with a little sprinkle of icing sugar and roll out your fondant, cut out the same letter and using a little Royal Icing painted on the back, stick it down onto the cookie. TADAR! 
Now if you have time, using decorating pens, royal icing or an icing tube you can decorate the top of the fondant even further and create a different pattern on each letter.
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