The question: is there a gingerbread man cookie cutter that big? The answer is yes, they sell it in Germany, and a good friend has sent it to me. Thanks Lola! It’s great!
Spanish taste, and by taste I mean the sense, is delicate. For the average Spaniard, a moderate amount of spice tastes super spicy, and a reasonable amount of it, takes him to the E.R. immediately. The same happens with spices themselves, if you add some, they seem to be too many, and if you add a lot of them, just the smell makes you reject the dish. It’s not my case, I chew chili peppers, and I abuse them when I cook. In spite of this, I like my gingerbread cookies to have a delicate flavor, maybe because I do not like ginger at all. I have been about not to use it, but then it would have been complicated to ‘sell’ the definitive gingerbread cookies recipe without any ginger at all. It doesn’t matter, if you like ginger, add more, or add some cayenne if you prefer; I didn’t use it because my girls don’t like it, it will change the flavor a bit, but not the texture, and the dough will be equally easy to cut and work with.
- 100 grams of muscovado sugar; I know, I’m in love with it, I use it in every recipe, but if you don’t have it, you can use brown sugar, the less refined the better.
- 75 grams of cane honey. I’ve used a local brand, very easy to find in this area.
- 200 grams of butter, room temperature.
- 1 egg (S)
- 400 grams of flour, plus whatever amount it needs.
- 1 tsp. of powdered nutmeg
- 1 tsp. of powdered ginger.
- 1 ½ of pink pepper (or 1 tsp of black pepper).
- 2 tsp. of cinnamon
In the Thermomix or in any other robot we grind the sugar and the spices, pink pepper seeds included, until we get a fine powder. Then we add the butter and beat well. Add the cane sugar and the egg and beat until obtain a uniform dough. Incorporate the 400 grams of flour in two batches and mix very well. Put the dough on a floured surface and little by little start adding all the flour it needs; when it asks for more, we knead a bit and flatten the dough until we get a height that is more or less double the one we want for our cookies. Let it cool in the fridge and roll out. When we roll it out cold, this guarantees us a complete smooth surface. We put it back in the fridge and after a while we cut it and bake it.
A trick to bake huge cookies: bake them for 10 minutes, 180ºC or until the dough gets matt, then lower the temperature to 150ºC and bake for another 10 minutes, 15 in my case. Turn off the oven and let the cookies inside for as long as you can
Let’s go with the decoration. The white you see on the cookie is royal icing, the rest is dough. And most of the dough used as decoration goes into the oven with the gingerbread man, as that’s the way it sticks to the cookie:
- The eyes are made with chocolate dough dyed in black, my daughters’ favorite, that’s why they plucked them out and ate them first.
- The eyebrows are made with gingerbread dough with a bit of white food coloring.
- Blush: very thin gingerbread dough, less than 1mm. I tell you how I make it: I take the white rolling pin that you use with fondant, and without any of the leveling rings I roll out the dough extremely thin, mark the circle, cool the dough, and when it is very cold I take the circle out of the dough and put it on the gingerbread man. Note: my hands are very cold, that helps.
- Buttons are made of red vanilla dough, with some glitter. Yes, glitter can be baked. You roll out the red dough, put the glitter on it and then cut it.
Dough transfer glued to the cookie using royal icing:
- Holly leaves are made with colored vanilla dough. Leaves have been cut using a plunger cutter. That thing…how do you call it? Fondant cutters? They do not exist. It’s just that some cookies are big and others are small. The small red balls are also made from dough. If you baked them together, they will glue to each other.
And finally, some royal icing for the mouth, arms, legs and pupils.
When you try this recipe, please let me know what you thinUn beso, Miriam G.k.
A big kiss, Miriam G.
( Thanks Gloria!)