Christmastime can be evil when you’re a kid & desperate for something you can’t have. For me it was always gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread houses, gingerbread men. I needed them but my mom refused to make the dough required to build these sweetly spicy treats. I swore that when I grew up I would have homemade gingerbread every Christmas!
Know why my mom never made gingerbread?
Because it’s a complicated & time consuming pain in the arsch! Luckily my find-the-easy-way-out brain discovered a quick & tortureless ingredient combination that creates delicious cookies:
and even groovy houses:
Grab: 1 packet (37g) of gluten free vanilla pudding, 1/2 cup
butter margarine, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 & 1/2 cups gluten free flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 & 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon
Mix it all together
For a speedy cookie simply pull off some dough, form it into balls, place on a cookie sheet, top with an almond (or whatever you have on hand) & bake at 180C/325F/Gasmark 4 for 10 – 12 minutes. *To create gingerbread men just roll out the dough on a floured surface & cookie-cutter-out your men!
While your cookies are baking create this simple drizzle topping: Mix together 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tsp lactose free milk & 1 tsp maple syrup (or honey)
Once your cookies have cooled a bit drizzle ’em with the topping
Soooooo freakin’ easy! Sooooo freakin’ scrumptious!
To create a stable (yet still edible) gingerbread house just add another packet of pudding to the dough, roll it out, cut 2 triangles (for the front & back) and 2 rectangles (for the sides), bake as above and let cool & harden over night. Plaster your house together with gingerbread icing: 1 egg white & 1 – 2 cups of powdered sugar beaten together until stiff. Decorate with candy and enjoy!