Yorkshire Bake Off Challenge #4: Gingerbread Cookies

Autumn Maple Leaf cookies inspired by a visit to New York to visit my friend during the Fall three years ago.

Well, here is the next challenge in the Yorkshire Bake Off!  It has been a difficult one choosing what to do this time round, but suddenly the idea came to me last night as I was writing a shopping list of all the things I needed for my Hallowe’en bakes for this week.

I usually make Hallowe’en themed cookies for customers who often buy them to give out to their children at Hallowe’en parties or for Trick or Treating. I also make a batch of cookies and cupcakes for the children in my village who come round Trick or Treating.  I usually make the cookies out of a gingerbread dough, similar to the one on page 75 of the Great British Bake Off Showstoppers book.

So, are you up for the challenge?  Your challenge is to make a batch of Hallowe’en or Bonfire Night themed cookies using the gingerbread dough on page 75 of the book. You can make your cookies as creative as you like!  You have until midnight of Sunday November 11th to post me a photo of your cookies.  The photo can be posted to me via my Twitter @YorkshireBakery or via email to sam.smartcookies@btinternet.com.

Here’s some pictures just some of the Hallowe’en cookies I have baked over the past 4 years, looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  If you want a great website for fab decorating inspiration then http://www.wilton.com is brilliant.

Pumpkin Gingerbread cookies #1: topped with fondant icing, stamped faces and fondant pumpkin leaves.

Spooky Gingerbread Black Cats. These were decorated with black edible glitter, though now I am not allowed to use it!

Gruesome gingerbread tombstones.

Gingerbread Spider’s Webs, topped with melted chocolate feather pattern.

Gingerbread Pumpkin #2: this time the pumpkin’s faces are piped on with melted dark chocolate.

White fondant gingerbread ghosts with white edible glitter and fondant faces.

Spooky Frankenstein faces made from gingerbread cookies and topped with fondant icing.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with, and what’s more if you aren’t keen on Hallowee’n you  are welcome to decorate your cookies on an autumnal theme or  Bonfire Night theme if you want to!

Here are some autumn leaf cookies I made a couple of years back and they remain one of my favourite designs ever I have made.

Autumn Leaves created by mixing red, orange, yellow and green fondant icing together, great for using all those oddments left in the cupboard!
Maple Leaves, loved the pretty colours the icing made on these gingerbread cookies.

Happy Baking!
Sam xx

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