This fun gingerbread recipe by Andrew MacKenzie is a great way to get kids involved in baking. This safari requires animal cookie cutters, but if you want to make good old-fashioned gingerbread men instead, go ahead!
- Sift the dry ingredients for the cookie dough into a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
- Add the softened butter to the mixture and continue to pulse until breadcrumbs are formed, then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Heat the golden syrup in a pan until runny and add to the mixing bowl. Add the egg and mix together to form a smooth dough.
- Pat the dough into a ball and squish down slightly. Wrap in cling film and keep in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C, fan 160°C.
- Flour the rolling pin and a clean, dry surface. As evenly as possible, roll out the gingerbread dough to 1/2cm thick.
- Grab your little helpers and get them to create the cookies using animal-shaped cutters. They will love seeing their safari animals start to form!
- Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the gingerbread animals are golden-brown, then remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
- While the gingerbread are cooling, prepare the icing. Mix together the icing sugar, vanilla and milk to form a thick paste. Add a little more icing sugar if the mixture isn’t thick enough.
- Spoon into 4 separate bowls and add a different food colouring to each bowl, adjusting the quantity depending on how bright you want the icing to be.
- Get the kids to decorate the gingerbread creatures as they wish. In addition to icing, you could also add silver balls, sweets or dried fruit - it all adds to the fun!
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