Gingerbread Cookies:
Inspired by Attack on Titan (gluten free)

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Some of you may already know, but I am a huge anime fan! With the final season of Attack On Titan streaming this anime season, I just knew I needed to do something special. We have been counting down the days for the season to begin, rewatching past seasons and waiting (impatiently) for it to arrive. So, to ring in the season, here comes some seriously tasty, warm and spiced gingerbread cookies shaped like our favourite Scouts! Another addition to our Geek With Me series.

These gingerbread cookies are easy to make, have the perfect texture, are bursting with delicious spices, and aren’t too sweet. They are a great cookie to add to your repertoire, especially during the winter season. Plus, they were really fun to decorate! Just choose your colors, maybe even find some sprinkles?!  You can design the cookies however you want to fit any mood or theme! A kind warning, the dough is addictingly good, it will take a lot of self-control to avoid just eating it all before actually making your cookies!

Growing up, we didn’t decorate cookies like this in my house and so I am definitely inexperienced. It’s not easy to decorate with royal icing. I’m definitely not good at it yet but I am looking forward to learning and practicing! I have so much respect for the talented cookie artists out there! I made my own template for the Survey Corps logo which I cut out with a knife to get the perfect shape since I didn’t have a cookie cutter that was perfect. I then piped out the logo with the thicker icing and honestly, I am so happy with how they came out!

Of course, I then decided to make proper little gingerbread men, so I ended up with a bunch of little members of the Scouts Regiment. You can see them in all their uniformed glory (view of them from behind with their capes on and ready to scout beyond the wall). I have to say, when I took my first bite out of one of them, I totally felt like a titan gobbling up humans! It was so funny, but I did kind of feel guilty for a moment when I realized I was the bad guy eating my favourite characters in the show… But oh well, the cookies are just too yummy!

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Gingerbread Cookies: Inspired by Attack on Titan

Inspired by Attack on Titan, these are some seriously tasty, warm and spiced gingerbread cookies shaped like members of the Survey Corps. Just try holding yourself back from chomping their heads and legs off like a proper Titan would!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time: 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 20

Ingredients
  

For the cookies:

  • 350 g 1 to 1 Gluten free Baking Flour
  • 125 g soft unsalted butter
  • 125 g brown sugar my favourite is “Old Fashioned brown sugar”
  • 1 egg
  • 85 g Molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt

For the Royal Icing: You can definitely buy store made royal icing if you would prefer but if you want to make it from scratch, here is my recipe

  • 1 ½ cups icing sugar sifted (very important)
  • 1 large egg white 30 ml
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Food coloring colours of your choice
  • Water amount of water to be adjusted in order to get the right consistency. Line consistency vs Flood consistency.

Instructions
 

For the cookies:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  • In a small bowl, mix together egg and molasses. Then add the mixture to the butter and sugar.
  • Beat eggs, molasses, creamed butter and sugar until smooth and well combined.
  • Add flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt to the bowl. Mix on low speed until dough forms.
  • Separate the dough in half and form into disks. Wrap in plastic and let chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. This really helps make the dough easier to work with!
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Dust your surface generously with flour and roll out dough to ¼ inch thick. Use your desired cookie cutter to cut your shapes. (I made my own template for my Survey Corps crests which I then cut out with a knife).
  • Carefully transfer cookies onto the baking sheet. They may be a bit flimsy and delicate so be careful.
  • Preheat the oven to 350° C and place cookies in the fridge to chill while the oven heats up. This will help to prevent the cookies from expanding much while baking!
  • Bake for 10 mins or until lightly golden.
  • Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

For the Royal Icing:

  • Sift powdered sugar into a bowl and add egg whites and vanilla.
  • Start mixing slowly (if you go too quickly you will end up with a cloud of sugar in your face!). When it starts to combine you can speed up until fully combined and smooth. About 5 minutes.
  • Transfer some of this icing to another bowl, cover and set aside. This will be the right consistency for writing messages and line work!
  • For “flooding” icing (filling in areas with color), add water a teaspoon at a time until you have a loose (but not too runny), glossy consistency.
  • You can then color the icing, or separate to smaller bowls and make each portion a different color. Whatever you want!

For Decorating:

  • Choose a design (or don't).
  • Use the thick icing to make an outline of your shapes and fill with the looser icing. Use a toothpick to smooth out any sections.
  • Have fun! And just try not to eat them all right away (or do)

Notes

Note: I like to make my own reference templates to help me get my shapes right. Let me know if you want me to share some of my templates with you!
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