This recipe is fabulous and makes an enormous amount of cookies – perfect for us! It fills the house with a heavenly smell of honey and spices. All very Festive and Christmassy.
We first made it a few years ago when we tried to make a gingerbread house – that was a disaster with conking walls and too many helpful hands. Oh, NO!!! Never again. But it struck me that it makes the most enormous amount of yummy spicy dough. This is what we are aiming for:
So lets meet the players:
2 cups of honey
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups of brown sugar
3 large eggs
8 cups of flour
2 tablespoons Ground All-Spice
1 1/2 tablespoons Ground Ginger
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
On the first day of baking…
Step 1: Add all your ingredients together in a really big bowl….
Step 3: Knead your dough somewhat and add extra oil a dash at a time, until you have a smooth and leathery dough.
Step 4: Cover your dough and leave it in the fridge overnight.
On the second day of baking…
Step 5: Expect countless little pinching fingers to have visited your resting dough… there is so much dough that I pretend not to notice – Oh what a generous mother person!
Place your dough onto a floured surface.
Start rolling and cutting and rolling and cutting and rolling and cutting and rolling… Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 to 12 minutes.
Step 6: You will end up with a large pile of cookies that you can keep in a sealed box for days, well that is if you don’t have se7en little hoods.
And on the third day of baking…
Step 7: I whipped up a quick batch of icing for the serious and final step of decorating. Nothing measured: Just mix together a bowl full of icing sugar, a nob of butter and add boiling water a spoon at a time until you have a smooth almost pourable icing. (The boiling water will melt the butter as you stir). We spooned the icing onto the cookies and added embellishments of 100’s and 1000’s and tubes of writing icing that I just discovered at the grocery store. But really you can use any sprinkles or icing that you have at hand.
And I let the hoods loose…
That was a fun and feasty way to spend the afternoon. And yes it really did take us three days to produce this batch of cookies!!!