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!
125gbrown sugarmy favourite is “Old Fashioned brown sugar”
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 ½cupsicing sugarsifted (very important)
1large egg white30 ml
Food coloringcolours of your choice
Wateramount of water to be adjusted in order to get the right consistency. Line consistency vs Flood consistency.
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!
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)
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!
Keyword Anime, Cookies, Dessert, Geek With Me, Holiday, Seasonal