Gingerbread Leaf Cookies

Gingerbread leaf cookies

Gingerbread leaf cookies

“Halloween” – by Dexter Kozen

Autumn’s turned the leaves to rust

the trees have fallen bare

silver clouds enshroud the moon

a chill is in the air

shadows of a thousand years

rise again unseen

voices whisper in the trees

tonight is Halloween

On wings of mortals weary dreams

across the night we’ll fly

we’ll dance amongst the stars unchained

until the dawn is nigh

a year has passed away, my love

since we’ve each other seen

softly now and take my hand

tonight is Halloween.

 

Gingerbread leaf cookies

Gingerbread leaf cookies

Gingerbread leaf cookies

Gingerbread Leaf Cookies

Gingerbread leaf cookies You will need some leaf cookie cutters and a few small paintbrushes. Gingerbread recipe from BBC Food website.

  • Prep Time: 1h 30m
  • Cook Time: 10m

Ingredients

  • 350 g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp. Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp. Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 125 g Unsalted butter cubed
  • 175 g Soft brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 tbsp. Golden syrup
  • 1 kg Ready made royal icing block
  • Food colouring gels in yellow, orange, red, green
  • 50 ml Vodka
  • 2 tbsp. Icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/ 350f/ gas 4. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Sift the flour, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon together into a food processor bowl. Add the butter and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix well.
  2. Beat the egg and golden syrup together and add to the flour and butter mixture. Mix until comes together to a dough. Lightly knead and then wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Flour a surface and roll out the dough to about half a cm thick. Cut out the leaf cookies and place on the lined baking trays. Cook for 10 mins until golden. Leave to cool.
  4. Roll out the icing and cut out the leaf shapes. Mix the icing sugar with a little water. Use a blob of wet icing to stick the icing leaves onto the biscuits. Mix the colours you want to use to paint your leafs, using vodka to blend and water down. Get creative. Leave to dry fully before eating.

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