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Ginger Biscuits with Thermomix



I bet everyone has tasted the delicious Ginger Biscuits once in his life, those yummy Gingerbread Men Cookies!

These biscuits are very nice to see and very taste to eat, thanks to their spicy dough with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger of course.

Everytime I prepare them with my Thermomix, the spices flavour fill in my kitchen creating a very magic and heady atmosphere :-)

They are typical biscuits from England, North America and Norther Europe countries. In fact the three recipes I've received were called in different ways: gingerbread by Laura from Rome or Swedish Spiced Biscuits (Pepparkarkor) by Stefania. In short, a very international recipe :-)

I prefer shaping these biscuits to the classical man shape: can you remember Shrek? :-) I'm sure children will love them too!

Stefania also suggested: "these biscuits remain very soft even for a month, just cover them with a napkin, you don't need to put them in boxes".

If you like biscuits you must try the Peanut Biscuits, the very simple Honey Biscuits, the Italian Canestrelli (luscious ones), the Jam Biscuits or the very good Occhi di Bue Biscuits.


Recipe 1: Gingerbread Men by Laura from Rome


Ingredients


- 350 g All Purpose Flour
- 150 g Honey
- 2 tsp Cinnamon in powder
- 2 tsp Ginger in powder
- 1/2 tsp Clove in powder
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 150 g Butter
- 100 g Sugar
- 1 Egg


How to prepare the Ginger Biscuits


Put butter (soft and at room temperature) and sugar in the bowl. 50 Sec. Speed 3.

Add egg and honey. 15 Sec. Speed 3/4.

Gradually add flour and other powders. Mix. 10 Sec. Speed 5.

Knead. 1 Min. Speed Dough Mode.

Remove the dough from the oven and roll it out shaping as you like using cookie cutters.

Put on a baking tray and cook 180°C 20 Min.


Laura's advice


I tried it for Christmas (you can colour with food colours). I prepared very nice trees decorated with white frosting and silver mini balls. People liked them so much! I want to prepare them in a "daily" version.....!!!!


Recipe 2: Gingerbread by Teresa from Novi Ligure


Ingredients


For the dough:
- 160 g White Flour
- 40 g Sugar
- 50 g Soft butter
- 50 g Honey (or golden syrup)
- 1 Egg (the yolk and 1/2 egg-white)
- 1/2 Baking Soda
- a pinch Salt
- 1 tsp Ginger, ground
- 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
- a pinch Nutmeg, ground
- a pinch Clove, ground


For the frosting:
- 250 g Icing Sugar
- 1 Egg-White
- Food Colour (optional)
- 20 g Lemon Juice


How to prepare the Ginger Biscuits


In a large bowl mix the flour, all the spices, baking soda and salt.

Put it in the mixing bowl and add soft butter, the egg yolk, 1/2 egg-white and honey. 30/40 Sec. Speed 4/5.

Roll the dough out with a rolling pin until you have a 3-4 mm thick dough.

Cut biscuits using your favourite cookie cutter and place them on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper.

Bake 180°C 10 Min.

Remove from the oven and allow to get cold.

Prepare the frosting. Put sugar in the washed mixing bowl. 20 Sec. Speed 9.

Add the egg white and the lemon juice. 20 Sec. Speed 6.

Decorate biscuits with the frosting and serve on a tray.


Recipe 3: Swedish Spiced Biscuits by Stefania


Ingredients


For the dough:
- 500 g Flour
- 200 g Soft Butter
- 200 g Brown Sugar
- 200 g Honey
- 20 g Cocoa Powder
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp Ginger
- 1/2 tsp Salt

For the coloured frosting:
- 3 Egg-Whites
- 300 g Sugar


How to prepare the Ginger Biscuits


Put all the ingredients in the bowl and mix. 1 Min. 30 Sec. Speed Dough Mode.

Roll it out until you have a 1/2 cm thick dough and cut using your favourite cookie cutter.

Put on a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper and bake in pre-heated oven at 180°C 10 Min.

Prepare the frosting. Wash the bowl and put sugar in it. 10 Sec. Speed 10.

Insert the butterfly tool, pour the egg-whites and whip. 60°C 5 Min. Speed 2-3.

Pour this frosting in various small cups and colour as you like.


Stefania's advice


To decorate biscuits with the frosting use a piping bag. It is more precise.


Other recipes to prepare the Gingerbread Cookies with Thermomix


http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=5153.0
http://www.ukthermomix.com/recshow.php?rec_id=53
http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=2532.0
http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=2423.0


How to prepare the Ginger Biscuits without Thermomix


http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/18721/gingerbread+biscuits
http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/386290/Gingerbread-biscuits
http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/8852/ginger-biscuits.aspx


Translated from the Italian recipe
Pan di Zenzero Bimby: Biscotti allo Zenzero


Photocredit: satoru893








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