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gingerbread men (cookies)

checkered plate and boots from en soie
merry christmas to you! merry and bright, cookies and love. in switzerland, most families celebrate on the evening of the 24th, the holy nigh, with dinner and gifts and church. well, it’s tonight! i can hardly believe it.
it’s never to late to whip up a batch of cookies; these are pretty simple as it goes, but look so cute! i like their tiny buttons. my mom’s lovely, wintery bookts, too; they’re from en soie! ha! everything is from en soie these days. that book, christmas at the cupcake café, i’ve read it a while ago already, it’s really sweet (indeed). then there are the flowers and some more christmas decoration, what else. 

are you ready for christmas, peeps? cheers, loves!

gingerbread men (cookies)
adapted from donna hay

ingredients:
125g butter, softened
1/2 cup (110g) brown sugar
2/3 cup golden syrup or honey (i used honey)
2 1/4 cups (350g) plain flour
1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
4 tbsp. gingerbread spice mix (containing cinnamon, cloves, pepper, ginger etc.)

for the royal icing:
lemon juice
1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted

directions:
reheat oven to 190ºc (370ºf). place the butter and brown sugar in a bowl and beat with the mixer for 8-10 minutes until light and creamy. add the golden syrup, flour, baking soda and spices and beat until mixture just comes together to form a smooth dough. wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

roll out dough with some flour underneath and on the rolling pin, until about 5mm thick. Use a gingerbread man or your choice of shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes. put cookies onto baking trays lined with baking paper, and chill for 30 more minutes (outside, if it’s nice and cold, which it isn’t here, today, duh). bake for 10 minutes or until golden. cool on trays.
to make the icing, put the sugar in a bowl and add lemon juice, spoon after spoon, until desired consistency (it shouldn’t be too runny, rather make it thick). use a (tiny, haha) piping bag or a zip lock bag with the corner snipped off to pipe the icing and decorate the gingerbread (aka give the men’s jacket buttons)
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