Just say chocolate & gingerbread and I’m sold. It could literally be any type of food and I would try this flavour combo. When Anjlee suggested her favourite chocolate gingerbread cookies for our Diwali Cookie Box, it was an instant yes from me!
These cookies have the perfect hit of chocolate flavour, a little bitterness from the ginger, and they are not too sweet – which makes them perfect for dipping in milky sweet chai. Of all the cookies that we featured in the Diwali Cookie Box, these are my favourite, and we didn’t even come up with the recipe!
CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD COOKIES WITH HENNA DESIGNS
Our chocolate gingerbread cookies are made with a recipe from Also the Crumbs Please for gingerbread men, and for the icing we used a classic royal icing recipe from Wilton. (The same one we used for the diya shaped cookies).
There is so much pressure around this time of year to create something new & different. Give yourself a break and use a tried and tested recipe! That will give you some more time to play around with decorating ideas & cuddle with your kids – which is what the holidays are really all about.
Decorating the Cookies:
I piped these designs freehand, but if you don’t have experience making henna designs, I would try doing some on parchment paper first and getting the hang of it before moving on to your cookies.
If you find that the icing is getting too runny, pop it in the freezer for 2-3 minutes. The most important part about decorating is figuring out what texture icing works best for you, and what size piping tip to use. For these cookies I used a #2 piping tip, but honestly, I wish I had used a #1 so I could do more detail work. If you are a beginner, try out different tips and thickness of icing to get a feel for what works best for you.
In the end, if you don’t feel comfortable piping a design, or you just don’t want to spend that much time them – feel free to spread the royal icing across the cookies and finish with sprinkles or other fun decorations! Don’t feel pressure to make picture perfect cookies – this should be a fun activity!