This is easily the best gingerbread cookie recipe that there is. This is because it rich, full of spice and very straightforward. All the ingredients are very basic and can easily be found in your kitchen cupboard. The sweet dough mix is spiced up with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and of course ginger. You can go upmarket for even more flavour with cardamom and star anise. Finally completing the structure of the recipe is the combination of brown sugar, black treacle (molasses) and golden syrup.... —OT
In a stand mixer, add the butter, brown sugar and black treacle and cream for about 3 minutes. Scrape the sides to ensure they are thoroughly mixed together.
Add the egg white and whole egg and mix until combine.
Add vanilla and orange extract and mix
In a separate bowl, add salt, chilli, cinnamon, ground clove, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, black pepper and mix together
Gradually add to the wet mixture to form a dough.
Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 mins
Once out of the fridge, knead a bit so it is soft and pliable. then roll to 1/4 inch. Aim to roll to form a square shape
Cut the rolled square dough in half and put aside
Cut the dough into vertical strips with the width at 1/4 inch. Repeat this step with the other half of the dough.
Lay half of the vertical strips side by side.
Fold every other vertical strip halfway back on to itself, then lay a strip horizontally making sure it touches the folded edge of the vertical strips. Then return the folded strips back to its original position.
Repeat this step until the lattice is fully woven
With a cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. The cutter will ensure the woven lattice however loose, forms a sealed edge