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♥ Gingerbread Men Cookies ♥

Few years ago, I made gingerbread men and women to celebrate Christmas. The old recipe was not shared on the blog because it wasn't beautiful enough until I find the perfect one up here.

These mini gingerbread men smell absolutely wonderful with the scent of cinnamon and ginger, which are also particularly low in sugar content due to the substitution of Natvia natural sweetener.

Optionally, the adorable cookies could be left without decoration, but trust me this royal icing recipe is very easy to whip up. Unless you don't want to consume raw egg white, replace it with melted chocolate!

This post is linked to Cook and Celebrate: Christmas 2015 organised by Yen from GoodyFoodies Diana from Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.

This post is part of the weekly linky party I'm Lovin' It hosted by Cheryl at TidyMom.

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Lauren at  Sweet and Southern Lifestyle.

You'll need:
For gingerbread cookies:
80g unsalted butter
35g brown sugar
35g Natvia
20g egg, 1 egg beaten and measured out
1 tsp vanilla
150g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tsp ground ginger

For royal icing and decoration:
1 large egg white
1 tsp lemon juice
172g powdered sugar
Mini candy coated chocolate buttons

How to make gingerbread cookies:
  1. To make cookies, in a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Set aside
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and Natvia until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beat until well combined.
  3. Add flour mixture and mix until a smooth dough form.
  4. Transfer the dough onto wax paper and press to flatten like a disc. Place in the refrigerator until cold and firm for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 170C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and using a rolling pin, roll into 1/4inch thick.
  7. Using a small gingerbread men cookie cutter, cut into small pieces. Re-roll and repeat with the scrape.
  8. Place on prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm around the edges.
  9. Remove from oven and let them sit for 5 minutes before transferring on wire rack to cool completely until ready to frost.
How to make royal icing:
  1. To make royal icing, in a large bowl whisk together egg white and lemon juice. Add sifted powdered sugar and whisk until smooth, with a consistency when ribbon of icing falls back and remains on surface for 5 seconds.
  2. Transfer in a pipping bag fitted with a small tip, pipe two dots on the gingerbread men body and decorate with chocolate buttons. Let sit to dry completely before storing.
With all my love <3


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