Recipe adapted from The Australian Women's Weekly Kids Cooking Book. We love the AWW Cookbooks, lots of tried and true, yummy recipes :)
This recipe will make MORE than enough for the Gingerbread House we made, if you use the same template we did. I put the link in the Gingerbread House post. If you just wanted to make cookies or gingerbread men you could halve the recipe.
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup golden syrup
6 cups plain flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground clove
4 teaspoons bicarb soda
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Before you do anything make sure you have enough spices on hand. Don't assume you do because you have a bottle in the cupboard. I JUST had enough when i made mine and they are now on the shopping list!
Preheat your oven to 180C.
Make sure you have enough baking trays and that they are big enough to fit on your house pieces so they are flat. You don't want a wall with a kink in it :)
Put the butter, sugar and golden syrup in the microwave and 'nuke' them in small increments stirring in between until the butter is melted and everything is combined. You don't want it bubbling madly, you just want it melted and combined. SMALL increments!
Put it aside for a few minutes to cool. You don't want to add the egg to it straight away or you will cook it.
Once slightly cooled add all the other ingredients putting the egg in last. Stir with a spoon to combine. If it's very crumbly here you can add a little more beaten egg. You want it to feel like playdough.
Turn it out onto a floured bench or cheat like it do and put it on some baking paper. Knead the dough lightly until it has all come together into a large blob. Now separate it into 6 portions.
Roll each portion out until it is even and around 5mm thick. Then use your template and cut the piece out making sure you cut the doors or windows where appropriate. I do all of this on baking paper so i don't have to move the piece, i just slide the baking paper off the bench onto the baking tray and pop it into the oven. Sound like a pro don't I, i've only done it once :P
You'll have plenty of dough, so once the house pieces are all done grab the cookie cutters as set to work.
Cook each piece until golden brown then cool on a cake rack.
Now your ready to make your royal icing and put it all together. Have fun!