Imagine having a team of pastry chefs at your beck and call in your very own kitchen, ready to create any tasty treats you want, at any time of the day. That's exactly what life is like for the royal family. Their royal pastry chefs create thousands of sweet treats for the receptions hosted at Buckingham Palace throughout the year, but Christmas time is especially busy. One of their most popular recipes are the Christmas gingerbread cookies — and we've got our hands on the original. Check out the recipe below and find out how to create the beautiful, and delicious, Christmas cookies from scratch.
- 1 1/3 c self-raising flour
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 4 oz unsalted butter, diced
- 3 oz dark brown soft sugar
- 1 oz granulated sugar for dusting
- 2 fl oz milk
- Icing to decorate
Sift together the flour and spices, then add the diced butter and crumb together with your fingertips.
Add the milk to form a paste. Wrap in film and allow to rest for minimum 2 hours (best left overnight).
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll out to approximately half-inch thickness (but depends on the size of the cookie you wish to make), cut shapes out and place on to nonstick paper or silicon mat, sprinkle with a little granulated sugar before baking until set.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool fully on a cooling rack before icing with your choice of design.