Christmas cookies on the Christmas tree


For the pastry *

6 cups (900 g) flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
226 g of butter at room temperature
1 cup (200 g), brown sugar
4 tsp ground ginger
4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup (350 grams) of dark molasses *

* This cookie holds its shape well during baking and remains very strong, so well suited for the manufacture of a Christmas tree and gingerbread houses.
* You can use light syrup or honey.

For the glaze

140 g protein
1250 g icing sugar

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and baking powder.
In mixer bowl mix the butter and sugar. Whisk attachment «guitar» on medium speed until lightening.
Add spices and salt. One by one add the eggs, then patoku.Peremeshat before the merger.

In several steps add the flour.
Divide the dough into three parts. Every part of the wrap in foil and remove 1 hour in the refrigerator.
Heat oven to 160 C.
Roll out the dough about 5 mm thick and cut out cookies. I always rolled out the dough between two silicone mats.
Cut biscuits directly on the mat, I remove the excess and put the pan with the mat for 15-20 minutes in the freezer.

If it is necessary to push the cookies, I do it only when it is frozen and hard.
Bake cookies for about 15 minutes.

The proportions for the icing is very conditional, it is necessary to focus on consistency.
The weight should keep in shape, but do not be too dense.
In mixer bowl mix the whites and powdered sugar. Powdered sugar Sift pre ALWAYS! Spoon a lot in a sealed container. Between the lid and the container to build a damp cloth and tightly closed.
Keep refrigerated.

To glaze cookie must first make a circuit. For this I use a pastry bag with a very round head. Size №2 in my set.
Otsadit icing on the contour of cookies, do not forget about the hole for the ribbon.

What would we need to cover the cookie icing thinner consistency. To do this, you must shift a little glaze in a bowl and dilute it to the desired consistency with water from a spray bottle.
The consistency should be approximately as thick in the shampoo. Glaze should samorazravnivatsya, but do not be too liquid.
With the help of a plastic bottle cause icing inside the contour and smooth little Spatula.

Give a day to harden.
The next day, you can decorate the cookies with a pattern of a thick glaze and hang on the Christmas tree!


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