Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Santa Mustache and Beard Cookies and his Gingerbread Boys and Girls

Just two more sleep to Christmas!

Do you still have a lot more shopping and wrapping to do?


I'm happy that I have been efficient this year and have done all that I need to do... Yay!!!

I must thank my little boy for being such an understanding and hardworking helper. For the past three weeks, he had been helping me to wrap the presents, write the Christmas cards and also distribute these Santa mustache cookies and gingerbread boys and girls to his friends and teachers.

"Sweetie, mum can't be any better without you!"

Santa mustache and beard cookies
This is my "Santa little helper" with a Santa mustache and beard cookie :)
We have also baked gingerbread boys and girls for his teachers and friends.
The Tovolo cookie ginger boys and girls cutters that I have used.
Each cutter can create 6 different designs of ginger boys or girls ...
(Each cookie press has two sides)
Some are cute. Some are quirky.
These Tovolo cutters have great compact design.
... and I'm sure that the forgetful me won't lose any parts of them easily!
For this bake, I have chosen to bake these two classic-looking ginger boys and girls.
... and these are the cutters that I used to bake the Santa mustache and beard.

As always, I like to use the classic Donna Hay's basic gingerbread cookie dough recipe but this one from the most recent Donna Hay Magazine, Issue 78 Nov/Dec 2014 is slightly different from the one that I used before at here. This recipe from the magazine containing 2/3 cup golden syrup yields a softer dough than the one from the book, Modern Classics Book Two by Donna Hay. I must admit that this dough is more difficult to handle but the cookies are much nicer, softer and moister than the ones made with lesser golden syrup.

For easier handling, please make sure that the dough has to be well chilled. Adding more flour wouldn't fix the problem. Glad that I have survived well rolling, cutting and baking these gingerbread in our hot summer.

This is how I made the gingerbread dough...

The steps are exactly the same as the ones at here.
... but the dough is slightly softer.
I'm ready to roll and cut this well chilled dough.
Here are my ginger boys and girls ...
... and my Santa mustache and beard.
These are the ingredients that I used to decorate.
Lots of piping to do...
This is what I did to assemble the cookies.
I gave the ginger boys and girls smiley faces, clothes and shoes too.
Packing up the gifts...
My son said that this special one with a little reindeer is his :)

"Mum, I will keep this Christmas tag with a gingerbread man for you." said my son while helping me to label the presents.

"Why?" I asked.

"I know because I see many gingerbread men in your blog."

"Thanks, Sweetie." and I gave him a kiss and smile.

Before proceeding to the recipe, I like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. From today, I will be having a short break from blogging and will be back after 5 January 2015. See ya.

Here's the Basic Gingerbread Cookies (Donna Hay) recipe that is mostly adapted from the Donna Hay Magazine, Issue 78 Nov/Dec 2014.

125g unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (90g) brown sugar
2/3 cup (230g) golden syrup*
2 1/2 cup (375g) all purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (or baking powder)
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice (or ground cinnamon)

*This recipe is almost the same as the Donna Hay gingerbread man recipe at here but this one contains 2/3 cup golden syrup instead of just 1/2 cup, yielding a softer and more difficult to handle dough. Before rolling, make sure that the rolling pin and work surface are lightly floured and also the dough has to be very well chilled and firm in the fridge.

Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 6-8 mins, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup, flour, bicarbonate of soda (or baking powder), ginger and mixed spice (or ground cinnamon) and beat until the mixture just comes together to form a smooth dough.

Allow dough to rest in the fridge for at least 3-4 hr.


To bake:

Line baking tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan forced. Divide dough into 2 portions. Using a rolling pin, roll out a portion into a flat pastry with 0.5cm thickness. Cut and shape dough with your favourite cookie cutters like these Tovolo ginger boys and girls cookie cutters that I have used accordingly.

Transfer cut dough onto prepared trays, arranging them to be 2 cm apart. Bake for 8-10 min** or until golden and just firm to touch. Stand on trays for 10 min. Transfer onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely.

**The smaller cookies like the mustache take 8 mins to bake and the larger ones like the flower take 10 mins to bake.

To bake and decorate into Santa Mustache and beard cookies according to the steps shown in Simply Sweets:

You need:
ready-to-use royal icing or use royal icing recipe at here to make thick and thin royal icing
piping bags fitted with small and round piping tips (I used Wilton tip 1 and 2)
mustache cutter
flower cutter

Use a mustache and flower cutter and cut each shape from your dough. Bake and allow the cookies to cool completely. 

Fill piping bags with royal icing individually. Use the thick icing (fitted with Wilton tip 2) to outline the cookies and use the thin icing to fill inside the outline of the cookies. Allow the cookies to dry completely.

When all the icing is completely set, use the thick icing (fitted with Wilton tip 1) to add swirls and strokes onto the mustache and beard. Allow the fine details to dry completely.

Use the thick icing to attach the mustache to the beard and also an ice cream stick onto the mustache and now, you can say "Ho Ho Ho" while holding one of these cookies close to your lip with your right hand :)

To decorate the ginger boys and girls cookies:

You need:
ready-to-use royal icing or use royal icing recipe at here
piping bags fitted with small and round piping tips (I used Wilton tip 2)
thick royal icing, not coloured (white), coloured with red colouring gel (red) and coloured with cocoa powder (dark brown)
ginger boys and girls cutters

Fill piping bags with royal icing individually. Use the white icing to colour the boys' hats and gloves and the girls' dresses. Use the red icing to colour the girls' bows, the boys' scarve, boots and a dot on their hats. Use the brown icing to draw their faces and buttons.

Allow the cookies to dry completely. Serve.

Happy Baking
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38 comments:

  1. Wishing you and family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too

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  2. Oh my, another awesome giveaway. How wonderful ! Love how you decorated the cookies.
    Have a blessed week ahead. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  3. OMG! Did I see a young handsome Santa ? Hee ..hee.. so, you're all ready for Christmas celebration with all these lovely cutie gingerbread boys & girls cookies.
    Blessed Christmas to you & family! See you next year ^-^!

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  4. Your gingerbread boys and girls look incredibly cute! I wish I own those cookie cutters ^^

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  5. ONE word - WOW.. I really mean, WOW !! Your gingerbread girls and boys look so so so so perfect and nice, I love them all ! I would just buy a few to give to close friends and colleagues, in fact, I've just given my lady boss a Christmas present just this morning - before I come to your blog :)
    I just can't stop looking at all your cookie girls and boys, they are just so pretty, aaawwwwww :)

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  6. Love your decorated cookies. They look really awesome and delish!!

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  7. The Gingerbread girls and boys so cute , I like it so much ~
    Merry Christmas to you ~

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  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.....Really love this....So beautiful and lovely.... :)

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  9. Yeeeee...this is soooOo cute! Merry Christmas, Zoe and Family and Happy 2015 in advance! ^.^

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  10. Hi Zoe,
    The cookies are so cute!
    Your boy is indeed a great helper and he's so dear.

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  11. These cookies are ADORABLE, I need to try this :D
    Such a perfect way to enjoy gingerbreads!

    Happy Holidays!
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Zoe ! Those look amazing。so yummy-licious

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  13. Ahhh! Those cookies are fantastic Zoe! I'm in the process of making sugar cookies with all the colored icings and sugars and all! I've done baking all my cookies and plan to do the decorating tomorrow! I think those cookie cutters you've got are so helpful, never seen them like that! No ginger bread cookies for me this year though, I'm focusing on just one type of cookie as I'm not baking expert! Oh and thanks for dropping by my haul post! It's not that I'm upset but I've been left plenty of comments of girls simply saying something like, "That's really nice. Please follow my blog? If you follow me let me know and I'll follow you back." Basically things along that line. I always check out the people's blogs who leave me comments but if I have interest in your blog I would follow you or if you like mine, just follow mine! I don't like people who will only follow you if you follow them. Not how I run, and the capital letters are simply so that people can see the text! :p Hope you have a great christmas time down under Zoe! I'm sure your household will be filled with delicious home made goodies!

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  14. Love your gingerbread people, and that mustache is just too cute! Merry Christmas! :)

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  15. These gingerbread boys and girls and the Santa beard with mustache are amazing!!
    You are so creative and your Tovolo tools are awesome.
    Let Ryan know don't forgot to send 2 gingerbread cookies over to auntie Doreen :p
    mui

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  16. Indeed you have wow those coming visiting this post. I really love these cookies.....they are so cute and adorable. You must have taken some time to complete decor with the icing.

    Here I like to wish you and your family MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! And happy holidays too.

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  17. Those gingerbread cookies look so cute and delish. My daughter keeps saying 'wow very pretty ler, I also wanna make 'em!' after seeing your photos. Now I am tempted to get my hands on one of those cutters ^_^
    Merry Christmas to you too and enjoy your break!

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  18. Hi, Zoe! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    I love your ginger bread man and the cute Santa mustache...
    Wish I have time to bake some cookies for Christmas!

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  19. Aw! I love the mustache cookies. Looks like a lot of work but also like a lot of fun. Merry Christmas!

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  20. Ha ha ha. So cute! I think I love your Santa's helper! I have gingerbread cookie cutters but the mustache and beard cookie cutter are new to me. I think they are really neat!...makes me smile and happy!

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  21. absolutely loving this set of cookies zoe! have a happy xmas

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  22. Hi Zoe, everthing so christmasy here. Merry Christmas ;)

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  23. Hi Zoe, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    I love the 1st picture with the santa mustache , so cute!

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  24. Fantastic cookie cutters! I love them all and it makes me smile just by looking at all those pretty little cookies you made!

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  25. Hi Zoe, awesome cookies you have made, love especially the mustache and beard one! I've got the gingerbread girl cutters from Tovolo too but haven't got time to use it this round. Wishing you a blessed Christmas, Happy New Year and a great year ahead!

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  26. Your helper is just too cute and very handsome . Wishiny you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from my family to yours ;- D

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  27. Oh Zoe, I LOVE your Santa helper. He is such a gem:) He must be quite the little charmer also:)

    I can't believe you can whip up so many different looking gingerbread people. How cool is that??? Is there a Gingerbread Lady too, lol???

    I'm sending Merry Christmas wishes your way dear Zoe. May You and Your family enjoy a Christmas filled with magic and Joy! Enjoy your time off and we'll see you next year!!!

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  28. Those gingerbread cookies are super cute!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Zoe :)

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  29. hi zoe, thanks for your message! these gingerbread men cookies are so nicely done with their decor! hope you gonna have a fabulous time celebrating christmas with your family! Merry Christmas !

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  30. Just stopped in today to say Happy Christmas & Happy Baking.

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  31. That first pic got me! You guys are just too cute! Merry Christmas, lovely lady!

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  32. Aw, that's so fun! I'm imagining myself playing with the cookie cutters. Happy 2015 to you & may you have a wonderful new year, dear! Well, I'm back in action & resuming my blog hopping now. So glad to be back blogging ^_^

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  33. Pretty young Santa to have a beard like that .. Lol happy new year to you and family Zoe

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  34. I also want the one with the reindeer! They are so cute, Zoe! Love your cookies! Love Tovolo!

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  35. that is we truly call it a cute baking :)

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  36. Congratulations to all the winners !

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