Its holiday season and everyone must be busy planning or may be even executing on their holidays plans, well we just got back home from one. A proper vacation ; which was a very enjoyable and a memorable one we had in a long time. After my little Adya's arrival we never planned on a long vacation within US other than our India visits and short visit to places near by. We were a group of 3 family friends all having kids of the same age and born on following near by months , so it was triple the fun with 3 kids all hyper at the same time.
We planned on a sudden vacation to Hawaii, and it was even better escaping from the cold winter weather here, and enjoying our India kind of climate over there.The kids enjoyed to their hearts content , playing and enjoying in the lovely beaches every single time possible. We grown ups were all excited about water activities and much like enjoying Home away from Home; relaxing in a different kind of world. So, now we people just miss our vacation, but still its always great be get back home and cuddle up in your ever favorite couch on a winter day sipping on your Hot Coffee.
Well, just after getting back home we were all set to celebrate little Adya's Pre- school Christmas Celebrations , and as parents were allowed to bring in snack i along side with my friend was all set to make some yummy snacks. I was so longing to make some gingerbread cookies and it came out so well, the whole house was filled with a great aroma, these are the ones i made for Adya's School Christmas Celebration.
Eggless GingerBread Man with Vegan Royal Icing
Recipe courtsey : Prema's Culinary
2 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Dry Ginger Powder
1/2 tbsp Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp Cloves Powder
1/2 tsp Nutmeg Powder
1/2 cup Butter / 1 stick Butter ( at room temp )
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup Milk ( warm)
Mix Flour + Baking pwdr + Baking soda + spice pwdrs, together in a bowl and set aside.
In a bowl beat together Butter + Brown Sugar + Honey until creamy.
Add in the sifted flour little by little and beat, also add milk in between as needed.
Knead the dough together with your hands to form a soft dough ball, cover it with a clingfilm wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
Pre heat oven to 350F , and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out little of the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured work surface, cut out shapes using your cookie cutter and lay them on the baking tray and bake for 10 mins,
Once done cool it for 2 mins and transfer them on to a wire racks , cool completely and store.
1 cup Icing Sugar / Confectioners Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Corn Starch
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 - 3 tsp Milk
Food colours - green & red
Sift together Sugar + Cornstarch, beat well with other ingredients.
Scrap down the sides , add sugar if the icing is too watery.
Divide into 3 portions, adding green colour to one and red to another one, leaving one white.
Mix the colours well, add in the piping bags or ziploc covers.
Pipe on the cookies and let it dry , once dried store in air tight containers.