Halloween isn’t something that is celebrated in India, but it is a holiday I still love and try to integrate into the month of October.
These gingerbread cookies are really easy to make based on how complicated you want the design to be. While most people won’t have a skeleton cookie cutter (do you even get one?) using a regular gingerbread man cookie cutter works perfectly.
For the cookies:
- 350g plain flour, sifted
- 2 rounded tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 175g chopped cold unsalted butter
- 175g light soft brown sugar
- 90g honey
- 1 large egg
For the royal icing:
- 2 egg whites
- 330g icing sugar
- 2 tsps lemon juice
I started off by combining the flour with the ground ginger and bicarb soda. Using my fingertips, bring the flour and butter together. If you have a food processor, you could just do all this in that, but since I don’t, I just used my hands.
When that’s done, add the brown sugar, honey, and the egg. If the dough seems too dry, you might want to add some milk.
I dumped everything onto the counter top and kneaded it together with my hand.
Once its all come together, I recommend letting it rest in the fridge. While kneading, the butter ends up getting really soft, so ‘s better to refrigerate it in some cling film.
After about an hour, dust your worktop with flour and roll out the dough until a couple of millimeters thin.
Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place it on a prepared baking tray. You can line the tray with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
Bake the cookies at 180C for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
While the cookies are in the oven and then cooling, make your royal icing.
In a clean grease-free bowl begin whisking your egg whites. When they begin to get fluffy add in some of the sugar. As the icing begins to get stiffer, add more sugar until all of it is used. When done, the egg whites should make very stiff peaks.
Once your cookies have cooled and the icing is done, prepare your icing bag. Use a nozzle with a small hole to pipe the skeleton and fill the bag with icing.
Start off with the face. Initially, I was doing a really complicated design which took quite a while.
I honestly don’t recommend this one, it takes too long. If you want though, start with the head, I just made an oval shape and then eyes, and filled it in. For the arms, I just piped on lines but stopping in the middle to show a joint. The spine was just dots piped in a line as shown above, and the ribs were angular lines out of that. As for the legs, I did the same things as the arms, after making a triangular shape at the bottom of the spine for the pelvis.
If you want to make your life easier, use the second pattern I used.
For this one, I simply made two dots for the eyes, a line down the center and little lines across it for the mouth. Two T-shaped arms, a line down the center with angular outward lines for the ribs, and two T-shaped legs again and that was it.