Christmas Gingerbread Cookies Recipe ( w/ mug topper)

This post includes a delicious Christmas gingerbread cookies recipe including various shapes as well as a mini gingerbread house, which works amazingly as a gingerbread mug topper ( or cupcake topper!)

Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper

The moment I have this Christmas gingerbread cookies recipe baking in the oven and the smell of gingerbread in the air then I know it’s officially Christmas! From baking them as plain cookies, Christmas tree ornaments, as an edible wreath, a mini gingerbread house ( to be a cute gingerbread mug topper) or more – gingerbread cookies are a truly versatile material to work with. 

I keep seeing more and more pre-made gingerbread kits being released in stores but there’s no competition to homemade gingerbread cookies. In fact, if you’re looking for an impressive gingerbread house to make this Christmas then you might want to check out my new Gingerbread Mansion ( as I like to call it). That recipe took me a LONG time to perfect but now it’s officially ready to share with everyone.

mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper

However, if want you’re wanting is a simple and delicious Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe then you’ve come to the right place. I decided to make my gingerbread cookies into various festive shapes so the sky is the limit as to what you want to create. Personally, I love making Christmas fawn and snowflake cookies. 

I then top these off with some simple royal icing decorations and they are the perfect treat. Not only for yourself but also as a delicious edible Christmas gift! And, if you’re wanting to make a lot of mini gingerbread houses, these work amazingly to top homemade cupcakes, mugs of cocoa etc. Not only do they look adorable and taste delicious – they are also sure to impress!

I like to use this recipe to make different shaped gingerbread cookies like fawn, trees and snowflakes. Don’t worry, this recipe is perfect for Christmas gingerbread men too.

Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe

How to make these Christmas Gingerbread cookies:

Makes: ~ 40 cookies (depending on the size of the cookie cutters) 

Preparing Time:  35 mins ( including baking time)

the ingredients for homemade gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies:

  • 250 g butter (soft)
  • 180 g brown sugar
  • 120 g golden syrup
  • 2 Clarence Court Leghorn Whites eggs
  • 4 cups (1 kg) plain flour
  • 2 tBsp ginger
  • 1 tBsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Icing:

royal icing ingredients

  • 1 Clarence Court egg white
  • 1/3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cup (155 g) icing sugar, sifted
  • Few drops of mint extract

Making the cookies:

Begin by mixing together the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup. Beat them with a mixer until they are light and fluffy.

 mixing ingredients for gingerbread Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper

Gradually add the eggs and incorporate them well.

Sift the dry ingredients – flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder – into the buttery mixture. Mix well and make sure there are no lumps of flour.

mixing the ingredients for gingerbread biscuitsmixing gingerbread biscuit batter

Knead the dough until it is smooth, then roll it out to a thin 5mm sheet. Refrigerate for 15 mins. This will make it easier to cut out the shapes.

 biscuit dough rolling out biscuit dough

Now comes the fun part. Roll the dough and using your favourite cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes.

Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper christmas tree cookie cutters
Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper cut out christmas cookies. trees and snowflakesYou can also make a mini gingerbread house. It’s the perfect addition to your latte or warm tea. You can print the template below or just cut out your own small pieces.

mini gingerbread house template for a mug topper 
How to make a Gingerbread Mini House for a gingerbread mug topper or cupcake topper. How to make a Gingerbread Mini House for a gingerbread mug topper or cupcake topper.

Bake for 8 mins or until lightly browned at 180° C. Leave them on a wire rack to cool completely before icing them. If you don’t then the icing will melt over the cookies.

 Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper

How to make a Gingerbread Mini House for a gingerbread mug topper or cupcake topper.

Making the icing:

In a large bowl , beat the egg whites until they become foamy.

whipping eggs till frothy

Gradually add the lemon and icing sugar, making sure you incorporate them well into the egg whites.

mint royal icing

Beat until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add a few drops of mint extract.

Divide the mixture into bowls and tint each one with desired colour (if colouring).

Pipe onto the cookies, bringing the different characters to life.

Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper. gingerbread deer and christmas trees

If you are making the mini gingerbread house mug toppers/ cupcake topper, use the icing as glue to put together the house. Start by attaching 2 of the sides together and wait 1-2 minutes for the icing to harden before you attach the next side. 

These mini gingerbread houses are perfect top a mug of hot cocoa or a Christmas latte. They’d also look lovely on top of cupcakes.

Gingerbread Mini House for a gingerbread mug topper or cupcake topper.

Make sure the icing is completely dry before you store the cookies.

Christmas gingerbread cookie recipe plus a mini gingerbread house gingerbread mug topper

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Yield: ~40 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
This post includes a delicious Christmas gingerbread cookies recipe including various shapes as well as a mini gingerbread house, which works amazingly as a gingerbread mug topper ( or cupcake topper!)

Ingredients

Gingerbread cookies:

  • 250 g butter (soft)
  • 180 g brown sugar
  • 120 g golden syrup
  • 2 Clarence Court Leghorn Whites eggs
  • 2 tBsp ginger
  • 1 tBsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder

Icing:

  • 1 Clarence Court egg white
  • 1/3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cup (155 g) icing sugar, sifted
  • Few drops of mint extract

Instructions

    Making the Gingerbread cookies:

    1. Begin by mixing together the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
    2. Gradually add the eggs and incorporate them well till thoroughly combined.
    3. Sift the various dry ingredients – flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder – into the wet mixture. I like to begin by sifting in the spices and baking powder. I then gradually pour in the flour while mixing the batter.
    4. Mix well until smooth, making sure there are lumps of flour in the batter.
    5. Knead the dough until it is smooth, then roll it out to a thin 5mm sheet. Refrigerate for 15 mins.
    6. Now comes the fun part – using your favourite cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes. *
    7. Bake for 8 mins or until lightly browned at 180° C. Leave the cookies to cool completely before icing them. 


    Making the icing:

    1. Beat the egg whites until they become foamy.
    2. Gradually add the lemon and icing sugar, making sure you incorporate them well into the egg whites.
    3. Beat until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add a few drops of mint extract.
    4. Divide the mixture into bowls and tint each one with the desired colour (if you want to use coloured icing).
    5. Pipe onto cookies, bringing the different characters to life.
    6. Make sure the icing is completely dry before you store the cookies.

Notes

* I estimated that this recipe would make around 40 cookies in various shapes. The shapes you choose are up to you.

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As always, if you give this recipe a go then let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also, feel free to tag me in your recreations @AlphaFoodie.

Other Christmas Dessert Recipes you might like:

For the cookie obsessed, you might like these orange-infused sugar cookies. For a healthier option, you might like this Christmas Yogurt Bark or candy cane jelly and yogurt jars.

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