June 28, 2016

Baking Gingerbread Cookies with your Children

By Verena Barthel
Baking Gingerbread Cookies with your Children

Now, after lighting the FIRST CANDLE on our Advents Wreath and it is official:



Only 4 more weeks til Christmas!

My boys are so excited about EVERYTHING this time of the year brings:

  • Lighting the candles on the Advents Wreath.
  • Opening a door on their Advent Calendar each day
  • Readings Christmas stories,
  • Making decorations for the Christmas tree,
  • Making our Christmas tree,
  • And baking some Christmas cookies!


Last week we had a friend over for a play date and even though it was a very hot day, everyone got right into it.

  • Rolling out the dough,
  • Finding the right Cookie Shapes,
  • Cutting the cookies out of the dough and placing them on the baking tray,
  • Decorating
  • and of course, the best thing of all: Eating the cookies!


I prepared the dough the evening before, so it could sit over night in the fridge.


Here is the recipe for our Gingerbread Cookies:

  • 175 g soft butter
  • 200 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup marble syrup
  • 3/4 tsp ginger (freshly grated or ground dried powder)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 200 ml? semi beaten cream
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 700 g spelt flour


  • Mix all ingredients well and knead dough for 5 minutes.
  • Cover the dough and put it in the fridge over night.
  • Roll out dough and cut cookies out as desired.
  • The thicker the dough is the juicier and fresh the cookies will stay.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C.
  • Bake for 10 minutes
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

A Tip: If you feel like you don't want to make so many cookies at once, just split

the dough in half and put one half in the freezer and make a second lot just before Christmas.