Gingerbread Decorations

By Aoife Whelan – Well it certainly is that time of year again! And im SOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITEDDDDDDD!!! Phew! Now that’s out of the way, ehem, its ok I’m calm now….. So one of the first things I make every year in December is a big batch of ginger bread and I usually make a gingerbread house and some edible Christmas tree decorations! Why? Cause I’m a Christmas fiend! And they’re super fun and easy to make! So whether your idea of Christmas baking is heaven or hell it wont matter because these are so so easy to make, even a child can do it! P.S these are super fun to make with children just FYI! ?

Now on to the good stuff! This recipe is vegan (if you only use maple syrup), dairy free and refined sugar free. It can be gluten free also if you replace the spelt flour with rice flour but I’m ok with spelt so that’s why it’s in here! If you’re making the gingerbread house, I use slightly less flour as its easier to get into the mould but if you’re using this recipe for decoration cookies then you’ll need more. I’ve put down two separate recipes just to make it a little easier for you. ?

Gingerbread 1

MAKES 24 DECORATIONS ⭐️
INGREDIENTS

1½ cups of Spelt Wholemeal Flour or Rice Flour for Gluten Free Version

1½ cup Buckwheat Flour & more for rolling

½ Tbsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

½ Tbsp. Cinnamon

2 Tbsp. Ginger

½ Tsp. Nutmeg

½ Tsp. Mixed Spice

½ Tsp. Vanilla

½ Cup Coconut oil

¼ Cup Maple Syrup or 1 cup for Vegan Version

½ Cup Honey

Pinch of Salt

MAKES 1 GINGERBREAD HOUSE

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups of Spelt Wholemeal Flour or Rice Flour for Gluten Free Version

½ cup Buckwheat Flour

½ Tbsp. Baking Powder

1 Tsp. Baking Soda

½ Tbsp. Cinnamon

2 Tbsp. Ginger

½ Tsp. Nutmeg

½ Tsp. Mixed Spice

½ Tsp. Vanilla

½ Cup Coconut oil

¼ Cup Maple Syrup or 1 cup for Vegan Version

½ Cup Honey

Pinch of Salt

First rule of fight club………… Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius or 320 degrees Fahrenheit.

Throw all of the dry ingredients into a big bowl. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan and then mix in the maple syrup and honey. Now this is the fun part. Mix the two together, if you want you can use your hands but a spatula or a wooden spoon would also suffice! I know what you’re like you little Messer! ?

Gingerbread 2

Once the dough is mixed, you can leave it to sit in the fridge for an hour or two if you’re that way inclined but I personally do not have that type of patience so I just go straight to rolling or pasting!

TO MAKE THE DECORATIONS:

To roll out for decorations simply dust the counter or table with your flour of choice (this is so it doesn’t stick) and plop your dough down. You could also put a sheet of baking paper down first if you wanted to make the clean up easier but again that’s all up to you!

Sprinkle a little more flour on top and roll out to about 1cm thick, cut out whatever shapes you want and them pop them onto a parchment-lined tin.

The last but most important part is to get the top of an icing nozzle or a straw and put a little hole in the top of each cookie. This is so you can put some string or ribbon through so that you can hang these babies on your tree! I forgot one year and had to eat them all….. god so terrible! He he he ?

Pop into the oven for approx. 8-12 minutes depending on your oven, you want them to be bronzed and slightly risen!

Gingerbread 6

TO MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE

I used a gingerbread house silicone mould which I cannot recommend highly enough! I got it in Dunnes stores for €12 and it is just amazing! I’m going to use it every year! Although maybe next year I’ll do a chocolate one…… anyway back to the recipe!

Gingerbread 3

Now for the gingerbread house, the dough has less flour which makes it more like a paste so its much easier to get it into the mould as you just spoon it in and flatten it with a spatula! That’s it! It takes 25-30 minutes in the oven.The only thing that is really important is that you leave it to cool in the moulds otherwise it will lose its shape!

Gingerbread 4

I put it together with royal icing and yes I know that it is made with refined sugar but its Christmas and if this is the only bit of unrefined sugar getting into your diet then I’m not worried, there is no judgment here! ?

That’s it my lovelies! Decorate however you like and most importantly enjoy!! Xxxx

Gingerbread 5

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