Chocolate gingerbread advent calendar

Get your kids involved in the festive baking fun with our delicious Chocolate Gingerbread Advent Calendar recipe. This interactive and edible calendar is a great way to countdown to Christmas. With our easy-to-follow instructions, you can shape the cookies into adorable bunting, elaborate snowflakes and adorable balls. Combining the rich flavors of chocolate and gingerbread, you can enjoy a delicious treat every day as you eagerly look forward to the upcoming Christmas day. Let your little ones’ creativity flow as they help create this delicious and unique holiday tradition!

Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 120 g butter, diced
  • 120g brown sugar
  • 140g golden syrup
  • baking paper
  • Cookie cutters or cardboard to make templates
  • a few plastic straws
  • Icing and sprinkles for decorating
  • String or ribbon for hanging

Tip

Make a chocolate gingerbread advent calendar

However you decide to hang your Advent cookies, remember that you have to hang them every day. So if you choose a pennant style, you may want to hang them individually from a main string or ribbon. We baked adult-sized cookies, but if you’re making cookies for the little ones, reduce the size so that one batch of dough is enough for two or three children. If you don’t have enough space to hang three Advent calendars, just make sure the cookies are thoroughly dry and then hang each day’s treats on the same string.

Create a board for your chocolate gingerbread advent calendar

We painted a sheet of plywood with chalkboard paint (both from Homebase), then drew our Christmas tree with white chalk and hung our cookies on it with thumbtacks. If you get your real tree up early enough, you can hang it there or tie the cookies to a long string and hang them on a wall.

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Place the flour, cocoa, ginger, butter and sugar in a food processor and mix until there are no more lumps of butter.
  3. Drizzle the syrup over it and work into a smooth dough.
  4. Take about a quarter of the dough at a time and roll it out between two sheets of baking paper to the thickness of a £1 coin.
  5. Peel off the top layer of parchment and use cookie cutters to make shapes. Leave about 2cm between each mold as they will spread as they bake.
  6. Remove the remaining dough and lift the parchment with the molds onto a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until set.
  8. Remove from oven and use a plastic straw to make a hole for hanging. Work quickly – if the cookies cool too much and harden, the holes won’t come out as clean – then put the tray back in the oven for 1 minute to reheat.
  9. Continue rolling and shaping the remaining dough and scraps, baking one sheet at a time, until all the dough is used and you have at least 24 cookies.
  10. Allow to cool completely, then decorate and arrange as desired.
  11. How to make a number bunting: Cut your cookies into triangles using a template – ours was 7cm long on each side.
  12. After baking, cut two hanging holes in the center of one side.
  13. Use a number cutter (or cut with a small, sharp knife like we did) to cut 1 to 24 from a sheet of finished rolled icing.
  14. Make a liquid icing by mixing some sifted powdered sugar with a little water.
  15. Using small brushes, paint the top of the icing numbers with some liquid icing before dipping in the sprinkles and edible glitter in your favorite colors.
  16. Let the numbers dry for 10 minutes, then use liquid icing to glue them to the bottom of the numbers to adhere them to the cookies.
  17. How to make glittery snowflakes: Stamp your cookies using various snowflake cutters.
  18. Decorate each cookie differently by brushing some with liquid icing and then dipping them in edible glitter and sprinkles.
  19. Add more powdered sugar to your liquid icing to give it a stiffer consistency, put it in a piping bag and pipe some pretty details.
  20. If you want, you can also use this frosting to pipe a number on each one.
  21. How to make cookie balls: This time make a stiff icing with fondant powdered sugar.
  22. Then pipe a thin layer around the outsides and holes of each cookie.
  23. You create a “wall” to hold the other icing in place. So be careful not to leave any gaps.
  24. Let set for 30 minutes until hard.
  25. Make more frosting with a slightly runnier consistency.
  26. Pipe or spoon the icing onto the cookies, “flooding” the area within your icing walls.
  27. Shake a little to distribute the liquid icing evenly, then immediately pipe a number with the remaining firmer icing.
  28. These cookies need to cure for at least a day before hanging.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • Cookie cutters or cardboard to make templates
  • A few plastic straws
  • Glaze and sprinkles to decorate
  • String or ribbon for hanging

Allergen information

This Chocolate Gingerbread Advent Calendar Recipe contains:

  • butter

Storage and leftovers

Once the cookies are completely dry, you can store the chocolate gingerbread advent calendar treats in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for up to 1 week.

Health Benefits of Chocolate Gingerbread Advent Calendar

Who said Advent calendars are just for children? This delicious chocolate gingerbread advent calendar not only brings joy and excitement to the holiday season, but also offers numerous health benefits. Packed with the goodness of natural ingredients, this calendar is a delicious and guilt-free treat for children and adults.

1. Ginger

Using ground ginger in this Chocolate Gingerbread Advent Calendar recipe adds more than just flavor. Ginger is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can help relieve digestive discomfort, ease nausea, soothe muscle soreness, and even lower blood sugar levels. So every time you enjoy a gingerbread cookie from your calendar, you’re not only treating yourself to a delicious treat, but you’re also providing your body with these incredible health benefits.

2. Cocoa

Cocoa, the main ingredient responsible for gingerbread’s rich chocolate flavor, is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s packed with antioxidants called flavonoids, which help reduce inflammation, improve heart health and boost brain function. Cocoa also contains minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc, which are essential for proper body function. So when you bite into a chocolaty gingerbread cookie, you’re not only satisfying your sweet tooth, but you’re also providing your body with a dose of these beneficial nutrients.

3. Golden syrup and brown sugar

While golden syrup and brown sugar add sweetness to the gingerbread cookies, they are used in moderation in this recipe. Unlike refined white sugar, golden syrup and brown sugar retain some of their natural minerals such as iron, calcium and potassium. Although the amounts in each cookie may be small, these minerals contribute to your overall nutrient intake. Additionally, the use of these natural sweeteners prevents unnecessary blood sugar spikes, making these cookies a healthier alternative to traditional sugary treats.

4. Plain flour

Plain flour, the base ingredient in this recipe, is a staple in many baked goods. It gives the gingerbread cookies the necessary structure and texture. Although it may not offer significant health benefits, plain flour is a good source of carbohydrates to provide your body with energy. In addition, it contains small amounts of B vitamins and iron. Although these nutrients may be present in small amounts, every little bit counts when it comes to meeting your daily needs.

This holiday season, treat yourself to the wonderful experience of opening a Chocolate Gingerbread Advent Calendar. Not only will you enjoy the delicious taste of homemade gingerbread, but you will also pamper your body with the diverse health benefits that the natural ingredients offer. It’s a win-win for your taste buds and your well-being!

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