Chocolate Gingerbread Christmas Decorations
Prep Time:10 mins plus chill time , Cook Time: 10 mins, Total Time: 20 mins + decorating time
December 13, 2013
Oh this was loads of fun with the kids. A great little make for hanging on your tree or for giving away as a homemade edible gift (think teachers). Or even as a christmas party activity for the little folk. You could of course just scoff them amongst yourselves for no particular reason.
I’ve made a few biscuity decs in the past and they can be short on the flavour stakes and have a tendency to look a little burnt. But these are definitely an exception. While a few of them may have been a little on the overcooked side (it was a busy day!), they didn’t look it and were pretty tasty to boot. And we weren’t too precious when a few happened to break before getting to the hanging stage, snatched and gobbled down in a flash. Good job the kids didn’t notice.
A great project for little hands. My kids loved mixing the dough, cutting out the biscuits and the all important blinging up decorations. Then of course there was the eating (don’t tell anyone but they had one for a naughty pre-christmas breakie this morning). And please do look out for the next in my edible gifts series, choccie truffles. Another perfect (but messy!) make for little hands and a good pressie for those hard-working teachers.
I shall of course be entering my post to a number of blogging competitions, of which there really are quite a few so brace yourselves. Firstly to very own Family Foodies that I co-host with Vanesther of Bangers & Mash. I’m hosting December and we’ve chosen the rather apt theme of Kids Christmas. Next to Vanesther’s new blogging challenge, The Spice Trail, as this month’s theme is lovely Cinnamon. Tea Time Treats, co-hosted by Karen over at Lavender and Lovage and for the very last time by Kate of What Kate Baked, is all about Edible Gifts this month of which these have and would make a lovely pressie. And finally to Alphabakes, co-hosted by Caroline Makes and this month by The More than Occasional Baker, happens to be showcasing the letter X this month which would handily include the word ‘xmas’. Phew, now for the recipe….
Not an enormous amount really, but still better for you than commercially produced biscuits or cookies
Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Learning to Bake, Teacher Presents, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Parties
Makes 20 to 30 biscuits size depending (we made a range of shapes and sizes) and also depends on how much makes it to the cutting out stage (it’s a bit too tasty in dough form)
Assorted christmas cutters, a large baking tray or two lined with baking parchment, ribbon for hanging
Chocolate Gingerbread Christmas Decorations
Ingredients Prep Time:10 mins plus chill time , Cook Time: 10 mins, Total Time: 20 mins + decorating time
For the Biscuits:
225g unsalted butter
280g soft brown sugar
1 egg, free range, lightly beaten
300g plain flour
60g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
icing sugar and a splash of water
various decorations including silver balls, mini or normal sized smarties, hundreds and thousands….whatever you fancy!
fine ribbon for hanging
1) Beat together the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl (by hand or with the speedy help of an electric whisk), then beat in the egg
2) Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and spices
3) Stir the flour mix into the butter and sugar mix until smooth
4) Place the dough between 2 sheets of cling film and roll out to the thickness of a £1 coin, place in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to firm up
5) Preheat your oven to 180ºc/160ºc fan/Gas Mark 4
6) Cut out the biscuits using christmas cutters and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment (leaving about 2 cm between biscuits), cut out a hole for threading ribbon through later (this can also be done after cooking). You may have to re-roll the dough a few time to use it all up
7) Bake for 10 minutes and then cool on a wire rack, decorate once fully cool
8) Meanwhile mix together a little icing sugar with a tiny splash of water until you have the a fairly thick consistency for decorating
9) Using an icing bag (or like me one of the kids’ paint brushes) blob on tiny dots of icing wherever you fancy, or indeed be a good deal more creative than myself
10) Decorate with the silver balls, smarties, hundreds and thousands and whatever else you care to use
11) Leave to harden for a few minutes before hanging or packing away into gift bags