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Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cookies | The Polka Dotter

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A twist on everyone’s favourite festive treat, these charming chocolate gingerbread cookies are sandwiched together with orange ginger buttercream swirls.

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Ingredients

Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cookies

400g plain flour, sifted

50g dutch-processed cocoa, sifted

½ tsp baking powder

2 tbsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

150g butter

100g dark brown sugar

125ml treacle

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2-3cm fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated

Zest of 1 orange

1 tsp vanilla paste

1 egg, at room temperature, lightly beaten

 

Orange and Ginger Buttercream

120g unsalted butter, softened

240g icing sugar, sifted

Zest of 1 orange

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cloves

12 tbsp whole milk

Instructions

Chocolate Orange Gingerbread Cookies

(1) Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and spices together in a large bowl and set aside.

(2) Melt butter, sugar and treacle together in a large saucepan, then bring to the boil. Remove saucepan from heat and add bicarbonate of soda with a gentle stir. The mixture will foam and become paler in colour.

(3) Add fresh ginger, orange zest and vanilla paste to butter and sugar mixture with another gentle stir.

(4) Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then mix sifted dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture in small batches, then egg, until smooth.

(5) Bring the dough together into a ball, it will be warm and very soft, but do not add any flour. Flatten the dough into a disc, cover in cling film and chill overnight.

(6) Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced) and line a couple of baking trays with baking paper.

(7) Roll dough out to a thickness of 4mm on lightly floured work surface, or between two sheets of baking paper sprinkled with flour.

(8) Cut shapes out of dough using a round 4cm cookie cutter, then place cookies on baking tray 1-2cm apart to allow cookies room to spread during baking. If time permits, refrigerating cookies 10-15 minutes before baking will encourage the cookies to hold their shape when baked.

(9) Bake cookies for 6-7 minutes in the middle of the oven, until cookies are lightly browned, then remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack. Continue rolling, cutting, refrigeration, baking and cooling until all cookie dough has been used, and ideally bake one tray at a time to allow a more even bake.

(10) When cookies have completely cooled, sandwich them together in pairs by piping orange and ginger buttercream in the centre of half the cookies. Dust with sifted icing sugar to serve.

 

Orange and Ginger Buttercream

(1) Beat butter, sugar, orange zest, ginger and cloves together until very light and fluffy. 

(2) Depending on the buttercream consistency, beat in milk to slightly soften and lighten the buttercream.

(3) Place buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle, and set aside for assembly.

 

Enjoy!