Gingerbread Man Cookies w Pure Date Syrup
It is that time of the year again to fire up the oven and let the Christmas baking begin. Does anything smell more festive than a freshly baked gingerbread man?! The kids are going to love getting involved in making and decorating these yummy little treats. We hired the little twins to help us bake these 'ninja bread' men' as they call it. The secret ingredient that makes this recipe stand out is of course the pure date syrup. It works perfectly with the aromatic Christmas spices. Make sure to check out our cute video and we would love to see some photos of your cookies when you made them!
- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup date syrup
- 1 large egg
- 2 Tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 Tsp baking soda
- 1 and 1/2 Tsp ground ginger
- 1 and 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 Tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 Tsp ground nutmeg
1- Combine butter and sugar and beat until well-creamed.
2- Add date syrup and mix.
3- Stir in the egg and vanilla extract.
4- In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
5- Gradually add the dry ingredients to wet until completely combined.
6- Scrape dough roughly into a ball (it will be sticky, use a spatula), wrap completely in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
7- Once the dough has rested and is chilled, preheat the oven to 175 C.
8- Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 50 mm of thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and transfer to the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
9- Allow cookies to cool on a baking sheet for at least 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.
10- Decorate your cookies with icing mix and colourful candies.
- Don't be afraid to add flour as needed. Generously dust your surface so the cookies don't stick, and if the dough still seems sticky while rolling dust the dough and rolling pin with additional flour as needed. This is a softer dough by nature but it should not be so sticky that it isn't manageable.
- It would be easier if you roll the dough between 2 parchment paper or plastic wraps and then refrigerate.