I'll make this a short one. I decided to make some cookie tree decorations, but not the ordinary gingerbread cookies- chocolate cookies. I can't help it, I just like chocolate much better than spiced gingerbread ones.
The recipe is super easy and the dough was surprisingly easy to use, it's soft and chocolaty and makes some awesome cut out cookies!
To decorate I used sprinkles in different sizes and mini Smarties.
*This is a butter cookie recipe, for chocolate cookie, substitute 20g of the flour with cocoa powder.
Chocolate cut out cookies:
(makes 60 small cookies, I got 40 in various sizes)
250 gr flour
75 gr sugar
pinch of salt
2 tbsp vanilla sugar
125 gr butter
Beat the butter and sugars, add egg followed by flour and salt.
Wrap and refrigerate dough 1 hour (it was perfect for rolling out).
Roll out on floured surface and cut out cookies in desired shapes.
If you're planning on making these to hang, make little holes with a straw before baking.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in 180C preheated oven.
2 tbsp meringue powder
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
6 tbsp water
Place all ingredients in bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment and mix on low speed for 7 minutes until thick and ready to use. Add color.
Thin with water if needed, or thicken with sugar.
For recipe source and detailed instructions on working with royal icing go here.
I'm away for Christmas but will be back on the 27th posting the daring baker's challenge.
I wish everybody a wonderful Christmas!