Spiced gingerbreadman cookies are one thing your Christmas celebrations are incomplete without! This simple dessert can be made by even kids with some help from you and is a fun activity for parents and children to do together. Here, I add subtle spices of ginger, nutmeg,cloves, cinnamon and star anise to give these holiday staples a more fall vibe.
Ever since I was a kid there was one season , one holiday that excited me the most. Apart from Diwali, it inevitably was Christmas which had my irrevocable love. Having studied in a convent school, the days leading up to Christmas were studded with activities that made the whole month a festive extravaganza. Hours after school were spent in choir practices and singing Holy night and O come all ye faithful more number of times than I care to remember. And school hours got over in a dreamy stance of being Mary in the school play. Fun times!! The whole school was garlanded in red and white with huge trees twinkling in the corridors, cotton covered cordoned off areas depicting the whole baby Jesus in manger and a super adorable fat Santa Claus on a sleigh with Rudolf. And of course it wasn’t complete without the cookies and cakes the sisters baked us!
So yesterday me and D got around to some baking of our own. She has been reading stories of the Gingerbread man these last few days and been bugging me to make gingy cookies. I finally gave in yesterday and we had the best time baking them! Joining us was her best bud and my taste testers of course. Read : about 5 kids from the neighborhood, all D’s friends and boy was Gingy a success. These spiced gingerbreadman cookies were sooo loved by the kids that I knew it would be good. But gosh the flavor just blew me away!
I spiced up the usual gingerbreadman cookies by making it a little more festive and in tune with the holiday flavors. So apart from ginger, I ended up adding some typical Indian spice staples like star anise, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Result? Spiced gingerbreadman cookies with flavor through the roof!! I mean, move over everyother gingerbreak cookies. If you haven’t tried this version yet, have no worries. Just make this version of the spiced gingerbreadman cookies ASAP and you will feel truly festive!
I use molasses but in case you don’t have it ( in which case, please buy it, its just amazing), you can use honey or maple syrup. I avoid using corn syrup owing to the GMO worries around it. So honey works well as a substitute. Making these spiced gingerbread cookies is a childsplay. Literally.
I usually make the dough and chill it overnight so ensure that the dough is firm enough. While cutting the spiced gingerbreadman cookies, remember to dust liberally with flour. Don’t worry about it coz the flour is baked off. Move quickly, cut each piece and place it on a pre buttered, pre floured baking tray. Work fast. When it starts sticking, roll up the dough, clingwrap it and chill in the freezer for 15-20 mins till set again. Before starting with the second batch, remember to flour everything. I even flour the cutter, the rolling pin and my hands! This is the only part thats a little tedious, but apart from that its a total breeze.
Spiced gingerbreadman cookies are also the perfect companion to your cuppa coffee for breakfast or hot chocolate at midnight!
The dough for the spiced gingerbreadman cookies is quite straightforward and unlike these ever green butter cookies or nankhatai as we call them, it takes much less butter to make these.
Go on try these. Make a day of it with the kids! Roll out the dough, have the kids cut them and bake them! Mine even attempted little eyes on the spiced gingerbreadman cookies! And I ended up remembering what festivity, holiday season is all about. After all, it isn’t Christmas without your family right? So go ahead, make these simple and delicious spiced gingerbreadman cookies.
- Bonus: Amazing for Christmas cookie exchange.
- Makes a great center piece for the cookie table when designed like a wreath (you can even punch little holes and hang them from ribbons)
- Spiced gingerbreadman cookies are also the perfect companion to your cuppa coffee and these banana,PB coconut muffins with walnut streusel for breakfast or even the Nutella mocha/ pumpkin spice white chocolate latte /butterbeer latte at midnight!
- Either ways, these spiced gingerbreadman cookies are a winner through and through. Gift someone a box of these and spread the joy around!