I'll make this my last Christmas bake for you but I wanted to share these as you could adapt them for Valentines cookies / biscuits.
I struggled last year with a decent gingerbread recipe so asked for the help of a lovely baker Emma on Instagram and she was kind enough to share it with me and let me share it here so here it goes:
140g unsalted butter
100g dark muscavado sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
350g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsp groud ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 200c/180c fan oven. Prepare trays with baking paper.
Melt butter, sugar & syrup in a pan. Mix flour, bicarb, spices and pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in the butter mix to make a stiff ish dough. Form in to a disc and cover with cling film and pop in fridge to chill for 30 mins. It will look shiny and feel a bit slimy.
Roll out the dough and stamp out your little fellas. Bake for about 12 minutes until golden, leave to cool for 10 minutes then transfer to cooling racks, then enjoy !
I wanted to make a mini 'family' of Gingerbread for, you guessed it - my family. So I used a small cutter to make these little cuties and before popping them in the oven I imprinted their names in to their bellies using these fab stamps from Iced Jems.
Tip: make up or at least group as many of the letters together ready before hand so once they are cut out you can stamp them all in one go rather than having to cut off all the pesky bits of plastic and make them up, preparation people !
How cute are they ? I packaged them together in couples which added to the cuteness in little cellophane bags and tied them with bakers twine.
Everyone loved them, some thought they were too cute to eat and have kept them, others went right ahead and bit their little heads off.
I hope you like them, enjoy x