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Gingerbread Man Cookies - Tips For Decorating Cookies With Royal Icing

 
It`s almost second Advent Sunday and it`s time for more cookies. I`m not going to give you a recipe because there are plenty on the internet and I˙m sure you have your own favorite recipe for these cookies (plus I used Dr. Oetker`s mixture for honey cookies or gingerbreads). These cookies are special because of the spice mixture they contain which makes them so christmasy and delicious. And of course, you can decorate them with royal icing which makes them interesting and super cute. The kids will love them, too. I always thought that icing cookies is difficult and you have to be an expert to do it. Boy, was I wrong. It is actually pretty easy and fun. I`ve done far more complicated cookies than these (breskvice/peaches, linzer cookies etc.) so I enjoyed decorating them.
To make royal icing you will need egg whites and icing (powdered) sugar.

Ingredients

A good measurment is 1 cup (120 g) of powdered sugar to 1 egg white (from 1 medium egg) but this always varies a bit depending on the size of the eggs.

Preparation 

With your mixer start beating 1 egg white on low spead for 1 minute. Slowly start to add your icing sugar and beat until smooth (5-7 minutes). It has to be thick enough so that it doesn`t drizzle but not too thick so that it doesn`t go through your piping bag. Add as much or little sugar you think it needs. If you want to color you icing, you can add a few drips of food coloring when it`s done and lightly mix it on low speed. It is best to use powder food coloring so that it doesn`t change its consistency. You have to use your icing immediately, otherwise it will dry to a very hard consistency.
To decorate cookies, place your icing into a plastic bag, cut off a tiny bit of 1 corner with scisors and start icing. Also, you can use different kind of sprinkles, raisins, m&m`s etc. to make your gingerbread men real interesting. Leave your decorated cookies sitting on a wire rack so that the icing hardens (which will happen in 15-30 minutes).

15 Comments:

melrose said...
December 5, 2010 at 7:13 AM

Znaci nasla si kalup napokon! Potaknuta tvojim pitanjem nekada davno na forumu, ja sam pretrazila sve radnje kojih sam se mogla sjetiti, ukljucujuci IKEU i nigdje nista! Ovdje je cutter za gingerbread man nepoznat pojam izgleda. Tvoji su stvarno uspjeli, ja dok svoje izrezem pomocu kartonskog sablona, poludim i onda mi za ukrasavanje ne ostane bas previse zivaca:)

Tadeja said...
December 5, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Preslatki su! Ja svaki put pasem oči na tim ukrašenim minijaturama, ali priznajem da ne volim te većinu tih "icinga" koji po njima idu. Bez obzira na to, savršeno su ti ispali, nježni, pastelni, super!

vera said...
December 5, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Kako si ih Bozanstveno ukrasila,radim ih skoro svake godine ali ove neću tako su nezni..:)

Casa de vainilla said...
December 5, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Bas su slatki!!! Obozavam ove ukrasene coveculjke iako se jos nisam upustala u avanturu ukrasavanja!
Da sam znala da ti je problem da nabavis kalupe rado bi ti poslala, ovde ih u ovo vreme ima na svakom cosku.

Andrea said...
December 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Jako su lijepi Josipa, super si ih ukrasila. Gotovo bi mi ih bilo žao jesti. :)
A kažeš tijesto si radila od kupovne mješavine? I kakva je? Jesi zadovoljna okusom i teksturom keksa?

LunaCafe said...
December 6, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Very cute, love them! :-) ...Susan

Ana said...
December 7, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Mnoooogo su slatki!
Odlicni za ove hladne zimske dane.

melrose said...
December 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM

:) danas sasvim slucajno nadjem (i naraFski kupim) 'ginger boys' 3 kalupa razlicite vel.!

lozica said...
December 15, 2010 at 9:53 AM

predivne, tople fotografije za ovo snezno vreme :)

Anonymous said...
December 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

A gdje ima kalupa? Ja sam danas ucviljena izašla iz Accesorizea jer je navodno samo tamo u Hrvatskoj bilo za kupiti...
Puno hvala na odgovoru... :)

Josipa said...
December 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

ja sam svoj kalupić naručila preko ebaya :)

Jane said...
December 16, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Adorable gingerbread people! I agree with you that decorating cookies like these is easy and fun. Lovely blog you have here. Merry Christmas!

Mare said...
December 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM

lijepo si ih napravila. nije nimalo lagan zadatak, ukrasavati ovako precizno masom od bjelanjka :).

Maja (TouchSun) said...
December 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Josipa, presavršeni su!
Ja sam malo nespretna šta se tiče šećerne glazure za pisanje, uvijek mi ispadne nekako blijedo, skoro prozirno :)
Ovog Božića radim po tvome, tnx :)

sheila @ Elements said...
January 5, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Awwww...they're adorable!! They're almost too pretty to eat! :)

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