If you’re looking for a quick and simple yet cute recipe for your Easter baking, these rolled and iced sugar cookies could be just the ticket. I think that plain, nutty or chocolate cookies would be delicious, but I went with gingerbread cookies because I had some dough in the freezer and I was short on time.
The quantities given below will make 3 medium (20 2″ cookies), 2 large (40 cookies) or 1 mahoosive batch of cookies.
- 5 cups plain flour
- 2tsp ground ginger
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1tsp ground cloves
- 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda (omit if using the cookies for construction, e.g. gingerbread house)
- 1/2tsp salt
- 1 orange, zest only (optional)
- 1 cup (250g) butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup golden syrup
- 1/2 cup dark treacle (syrup and treacle can be substituted for 1 cup molasses)
- Writing icing, melted chocolate or royal icing to decorate (optional)
1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add egg, syrup and treacle (or molasses) and mix until evenly blended.
3. Add orange zest. Sift in the dry ingredients in several batches, mixing until all ingredients are well blended.
4. Divide dough into three portions. If you want to freeze some, do so at this stage, wrapping in a double layer of cling film, or a single layer of wrapping inside a freezer safe container.
5. Roll out one portion of dough between two layers of baking parchment until 1/4in (5mm) thick, using cookie slats if you have them. Leave to chill in the fridge.
6. Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
7. Cut shapes out of chilled dough. Leave about 1cm between each cookie to account for any rising in the oven. Top tip: a gingerbread man upside-down makes an acceptable substitute for a bunny rabbit
8. Bake for 12-16 minutes, until firm and just beginning to darken at the edges. Keep a close eye after 12 minutes as these cookies can burn very quickly.
9. Remove from oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
10. If desired, decorate your cookies. I think that a simple outline looks pretty cute and only takes about a minute per cookie.