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Ginger cookies are usually associated with Christmas but we think that they should be appropriated at Halloween too. Instead of the traditional Ginger bread man or woman, why not give these fun Halloween characters a whirl. Cookies go down great on movie nights in so make a batch with the kids in the Luxury Lodge of your choice and wash down with a cold glass of milk.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Ginger bread man cutter
Halloween character shape cookie cutters
In a large mixing bowl beat together cream the sugar and butter, then add molasses and water.
Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
In another large mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon or electric mix the flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, ginger, and allspice. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet and blend until the dough holds together. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 60 minutes to rest.
Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll one portion out on a lightly floured surface to a 6mm-thick disk. Press the Halloween character shape cookie cutters into the disk as many times as they fit and remove the excess dough. Place in the fridge to rest.
Roll the second portion of dough out to a 6mm-thick disc. Press the top half of a gingerbread man cutter to cut the head and arms from the disc. Use a small sharp knife to cut the bottom half into a ghost shape. Add the rest of the cookies to the baking tray. Place in the fridge for an additional 30 minutes to rest.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheets
Mix the icing powder with water and food colouring and decorate to resemble the characters of the cookies.
Please don’t forget that if you decide to make any of these horrifying recipes or any of your own whilst staying at one of our parks please send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line – Halloween Treats. We would love to see and share your masterpieces!