Soft, spiced cookies with honey and brown sugar! My favorite Gingerbread Cookies recipe.
Gingerbread cookies are one of the most popular Christmas cookies. Their fame is not only based on the popular tradition of making Gingerbread houses but also on their unique taste! A good gingerbread cookie recipe has honey, brown sugar and a bunch of spices. I find that one secret ingredient takes the cookies to another level!
How to make the perfect soft gingerbread cookie?
In general gingerbread cookies are easy cookies to make. With these few tips you will be able to enjoy soft, chewy cookies with slightly crispy edges.
Do not mix too much flour in the dough. This dough is going to be a little bit sticky and you will want to add more flour to make it easier to roll and cut but trust me, too much flour makes its rich flavor fade.
When the dough is cold to the touch it is ready to be cut. I recommend to use an offset spatula and lift up the dough from the underlying baking mat. It is even easier if you distribute some flour under the dough. The easiest way to do that is sprinkling some flour around the edges of the dough and then moving the spatula from the edges with the flour under the dough.
Cut the cookies with metal cookie cutters, I find them to be sharper and more robust compared to plastic ones. Another tip to easy remove the cookies from the dough is to dip the cookie cutter in flour every time before cutting a cookie.
To ensure cookies keep their shape chill cookies on lined baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before baking. Small fridge? I recommend to pack a lot of cookies together on one sheet and when they are cooled you can easily spread them on a different baking sheet.
I always turn on the oven when I place my first cookie sheet in the fridge. So that the oven will be preheated when the cookies are chilled.
Do not overbake your cookies! One important fact that most people forget is that cookies keep baking while cooling. The cookies are done when the edges are slightly darker and the surface looks set. Check on your cookies after 8 minutes and then every 2 minutes.
Gingerbread man cookies
3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup (150 g) packed dark brown sugar
10 Tbsp (145 g) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (170 g) honey
1 tbsp milk
for the icing:
1 large egg white
2 cups (250 g) powdered sugar
2 tbsp mering