Buckingham Palace just released something of a holiday gift to the public in the form of the Royal Family's coveted Christmas cookie recipe. Turns out their favorite is gingerbread, a classic choice, and their recipe is so adaptable that you can cut them into any shape that you like, be it traditional or something new that you come up with in your kitchen, on the fly.
The Duchess of Sussex has shown herself to be quite the cooking enthusiast this year, even while pregnant — but this recipe pre-dates Meghan Markle's arrival and has been in the Buckingham Palace kitchen for a long time. Below, we've converted the recipe from British metrics to American ones, so you can bake these cookies at home with measurements you know.
"It's always best to let the dough rest, so it's great if you can make the dough the night before," one Royal Pastry Chef advised on the Royal.uk blog. "You can also roll out the dough, cut the shapes and put them in a freezer for an hour. This ensures they keep their shape nicely."
The Royal Family's Gingerbread Biscuits (from Royal.uk)
Makes 10 (2-inch diameter) cookies
1 1/4 cups Self-Raising Flour
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
1/4 cup plus 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, for dusting
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons milk
Icing to decorate
Sift together the flour and spices, add the diced butter and crumb together with your fingertips. Add the milk to form a paste. Wrap in film and allow to rest for minimum two hours (best left overnight).
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out to approximately 3mm (but depends on the size of the cookie you wish to make), cut shapes out and lay on to greaseproof paper or silicon mat. Sprinkle with a little granulated sugar before baking at 350 degrees until set. Allow to cool fully on a cooling rack before icing with your choice of design.
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