We love gingerbread at Christmas and have jazzed up our traditional cookies to hold a hidden sweetie surprise…
(Makes 6 depending on the size of your cutters.)
1 portion of gingerbread dough (You can find the delicious gingerbread recipe in my Gingerbread Tree post.)
Small sweets such as Smarties or Jelly Tots
200g of your favourite chocolate
A selection of cake decorating toppings such as sprinkles, hundreds and thousands, silver balls etc.
Festive cookie cutters. (I used a present and stocking shape as they suited the concept of being filled.)
- Pre-heat the oven 160C
- Follow the delicious gingerbread recipe to make your gingerbread dough.
- Roll out onto a lightly floured board about 1/2 cm thick.
- For each Hidden Surprise Gingerbread Cookie cut out three of you chosen shape.
- Remove the middle of one shape with a knife and place all 3 on a lined baking tray.
- Pop them in the pre-heated oven and bake for 10-15 until golden brown.
- When cool, break your chocolate into a bowl and melt in the microwave or over warm water. (You will use it as cement and to decorate your cookie.)
- Use the chocolate to cement your cut out layer onto a base layer.
- Wait for the chocolate to set a little and fill the cavity with your chosen sweets.
- Put your chocolate cement around the edges and pop on your lid.
- When set dip your biscuit parcel into melted chocolate so it is completely covered and stick on decorations of your choice. This is a messy business and depending on the size of your biscuit parcels you may find it easier to do this in stages. I did the sides first, then the back, then the front, leaving just a couple of minutes between each stage to allow the chocolate to set.
These do require a bit more time and effort than normal gingerbread cookie making but we think they’re worth the effort.
The children loved getting super sticky with the melted chocolate and adore handing out their handmade ‘presents’ to friends and family.
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