This Enchanted Forest Gingerbread Cookie is for those, who like me, always wanted to take the holiday cookie baking game to the next level. Here, I have used my simple no-molasses gingerbread cookie recipe to make this beautiful enchanted forest scene right out of some fairytale. No special cookie cutter required for this. Just a bit of craftwork and steady hands, that’s all you need to make this gorgeous piece of artwork cookie for your Christmas.
This super easy Gingerbread Cookie recipe is my favourite, more so because it is buttery-rich, mildly spicy with a hint of ginger and ALWAYS gives a melt-in-mouth texture. Last year I made a big batch of this gingerbread cookie dough and froze half of it. Best thing I did! So for next 2 months, all I had to do was cut a piece out of it and let it soften a bit before rolling and cutting them for baking.
I even gifted these gingerbread cookies to all my friends and family for holiday gifting and they were totally chuffed about it. This year I made some Hot Cocoa Mix as an edible holiday gift, and it has been a hit once again!
Coming back to this easy gingerbread cookie recipe, it is probably one of the simplest cookie recipes of all times. I even adapted it to exclude molasses and replaced it with honey instead. Let’s see what is the ingredients list for this one.
How to make Gingerbread cookies – Ingredient list:
- All-purpose Flour
- Brown Sugar
- Powdered Spices like Ginger, Nutmeg and Cinnamon
- Baking Soda
In case you are baking these Gingerbread Cookies for the first time, do give a read to the tips & tricks that I have mentioned below the recipe card.
How to make an Gingerbread Cookie Enchanted Forest Scene?
Prepare the Stencil and lay them over rolled cookie dough to cut out the cookies
Place the stencil over this rolled out cookie dough sheet and slowly carve it out using a sharp paring knife. Once done, slide the parchment paper having the cookie on it over a baking tray and bake till done. Similarly, repeat using the other stencils.
Finally, once the cookies have been baked and cooled, assemble them. I have used a simple icing recipe to decorate the cookies and also to stick them to each other. Once the sugar dries up, it makes the cookies stick to each other like how glue works. Find the eggless Icing recipe below.
Finally, when the cookies are baked, allow them to cool down completely before frosting & assembling them.
The edges are a bit jagged, but I am fine with them. After all, they were handmade with love. However, if you are looking for absolute perfection, then you might just use a big round cookie cutter to cut out the outer edge of the cookie.
Also, I decorated these with icing, so I wasn’t much bothered about the cracks on top. If you are in no mood to decorate them with icing, you can also dust some sugar to mimic the look of a snowfall.
After the cookies were cooled down completely, I assembled them and this how it looked.
Isn’t this gorgeous? I am so proud of myself for having taken up this as a project for this year’s Christmas holiday baking.
And if you don’t like Gingerbread cookies, you can use Butter Cookie dough instead. It would be equally fantastic. I am yet to try that myself, but if you do, let me know so that I can share it with others.
In case you are planning on some Holiday Baking, I have a couple of easy holiday baking recipes up here.
- Christmas Plum Cake
- Eggless Christmas Plum Cake
- Christmas Plum Cake – Mug Cake recipe
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Gingerbread Cake
- Fruit Mince Pies
- Spiced Apple Cake
- DIY Hot Cocoa Mix
- Chocolate-dipped Shortbread Cookies Recipe
Here’s my super simple & easy Gingerbread cookie recipe without molasses.
This Enchanted Forest Gingerbread Cookie is for those, who like me, always wanted to take the holiday cookie baking game to the next level. Here, I have used my simple no-molasses gingerbread cookie recipe to make this beautiful enchanted forest scene right out of some fairytale. No special cookie cutter required for this. Just a bit of craftwork and steady hands, that's all you need to make this gorgeous piece of artwork cookie for your Christmas.
- 3 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 Egg
- ½ cup Butter At room temperature
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Honey
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tbsp Ginger Powder
- ½ tsp Nutmeg Powder
- ½ tsp Cinnamon Powder
- ½ tsp Salt Use if using Unsalted Butter
- ½ cup Granulated Sugar For icing
- 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
Mix and sieve the dry ingredients together. Keep it aside.
Take the Butter in a bowl and whisk it till light & fluffy. Now, add Brown Sugar, Egg & Honey to it. Whisk till everything comes together.
If this mix looks separated, do not panic. It will come together after adding the dry ingredients.
Now, add the dry ingredients in batches. Add 1/3rd of it first. Use you hand beater to mix it well.
Add the half of the remaining dry ingredients and whisk it. It will start becoming tight and difficult to whisk.
At this stage, dump it on your counter and add the remaining flour mix. Bring everything together with your hands and start kneading gently.
In a couple of minutes you will have a smooth dough. Wrap it in a clingwrap and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When you are about to bake, pre-heat your oven at 170c.
Take out a portion of your cookie dough. Take a sheet of parchment paper and start rolling the dough into a round disk till you get it ¼th of an inch thick.
Place the stencil on the rolled dough and cut around its edges. Place it on a baking tray.
Bake it for 12-14 minutes.
Once done, take them out and let them cool on a wire rack.
Make the icing by whisking the granulated sugar with lemon juice. Add water as needed, 1 teaspoon at a time.
Decorate the cookie and allow them to dry a bit before assembling them. Once they dry, the cookies will stick to each other.