Christmas is just around the corner!
This means you should be thinking of what kind of cookies you are going to set out for Santa...
Oh no, that's just not going to do. Santa deserves better...
What's more Christmas-y than gingerbread cookies? Nothing, Santa will love them!
Gingerbread is a Christmas tradition that stems from Germany. Gingerbread cannot be traslated one-to-one,
"Ingwerbrot?" What is that? It's not a German word.
No. No way. In German Gingerbread has more than one name: Honigkuchen (because it is traditionally made with honey), Lebkuchen, Honiglebkuchen... You get the point. They all technically mean the same thing. There are numerous products made from a "honey pastry" this time of year in Germany.
Where I'm from, we technically only hear of Gingerbread houses and Gingerbread men / cookies.
Making you own Gingerbread is not only a wonderful tradition you can bring to your family during the Holidays Season, but it's so very delicious and can be given as a wonderful gift!
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 Gingerbread spice pack (In Germany, they provide a pre-mixed spice pack just for Gingerbread, somewhat similar to our Pumpkin Pie Spice)
**If you don't have the pre-mixed spice pack: 1 tsp. allspice, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp clove.
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup margarine
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups flour
Heat the sugar honey and spices in a saucepan stirring occasionally. Do not let the honey boil. If it boils, the flavor and aroma will disappear!
Remove from heat.
First, stir in the baking soda (it will foam). Then, stir in the margarine until melted. Stir in the egg and finally the flour.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until combined.
That's it! How easy was that?! Now, you can roll out the dough, cut out cookies, or design your own gingerbread house!
Bake: 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes.
**Note: If you are making a Gingerbread house, I suggest you cut out the dough, bake the Gingerbread and let it sit for at least 24 hours before erecting the house. This way, the Gingerbread will have time to dry out a bit and will be more sturdy during assembly.