Santa's Favourite Gingerbread Cookies

After a long day in the workshop, nothing makes Santa happier than relaxing by a crackling fire with a freshly baked gingerbread cookie and a mug of hot chocolate.

These cookies will store well in an airtight container for up to 10 days, but here at the North Pole we quickly eat them right up!

½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature

¾ cup packed dark brown sugar

½ cup fancy molasses

2 large eggs at room temperature

3 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground allspice

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1. Beat the butter, brown sugar and molasses together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating well after each addition.

2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add this to the butter mixture and stir until blended. Shape the dough into 2 disks, wrap and chill for about an hour up to 2 days (the dough will still be soft, even once chilled).

3. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line 2-3 baking trays with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the first disk of dough until just over 1/8-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter of your choosing to cut out cookie shapes and lift then carefully to the prepared trays, leaving about ½-inch between them. Continue with the second piece of dough – any scraps can be stored chilled and then re-rolled until it has all been used.

4. Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes until you see them brown a little just around the edges. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the tray before removing to cool completely.