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Cookies Kitchen in Kent shares best gingerbread recipe for children

It's been described as 'Simply The Best Gingerbread' and this quick and simple recipe from Cookies Kitchen could be the perfect Christmas activity.

The dough is really forgiving and can be squished and rolled out several times without affecting the bake, making it the ideal recipe to try with very small children. It will make around 12 biscuits depending on the size of cutter you choose to use.

Christmas gingerbread can make tempting treats or be packaged up as homemade presents
Christmas gingerbread can make tempting treats or be packaged up as homemade presents

Ingredients:

  • 350g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 115g butter, diced and cooled
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp treacle
  • Decorations of your choice (sweets, icing, sprinkles etc)
You can decorate your gingerbread however you would like
You can decorate your gingerbread however you would like

Method:

1. Preheat the oven, 180C/Gas mark 4. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment. Then mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and butter in a large bowl and rub gently with cool fingertips to make a light breadcrumb like mixture. Next add the sugar, egg and treacle and mix with a wooden spoon until it sticks together as a ball of dough.

2. Lightly flour the worksurface and gently knead the dough on the surface until it is nice and smooth and has no cracks. Lightly sprinkle the worksurface with flour again and roll the gingerbread to about 1cm thick. Cut out your gingerbread shapes and transfer them carefully to the baking trays.

3. Bake for about 10-15 minutes. Check them at 8 minutes or so to make sure they are not burning. Once cooked, leave them on the baking sheet until they have cooled for about five

minutes. Then move them with a spatula to a cooling rack. Once they are completely cool, you can decorate them.

4. Then it’s time to get creative with icing, sprinkles and decorations of your choice.

* Cookies Kitchen offers a variety of courses, workshops and cookery clubs for a range of age groups and abilities, including lots of activities for children, in Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. To learn more click here.

Looking to get crafty with the kids? We've teamed up with Cbeebies presesnter Mister Maker to share his top Christmas Minute Makes here.

For more Christmas related news and events from around the county visit www.kentonline.co.uk/christmas

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