Chirstmas is the time for making Ginger Bread and also its the season for gifts,so I thought of making the edible ginger bread cookie box filled with candies.Last year I made these ginger bread cookies for the 1st time,I found a book in our local library which have very good ginger bread ideas I bought this book again this year also and adopted this
Ginger Bread Cookie Gift Box:
Ginger Bread Mix:1 pack
Butter:1 stick(1/2 cup)
Ingredients for Royal Icing (To glue the box) Wiltons Recipe:
Meringue Powder:3 level tablespoons
Confectioners Sugar:1 lb
Luke Warm Water:5-6 tablespoons
Procedure to make icing:
Place sugar,meringue powder in a bowl and mix at low speed until blended.Add luke warm water and mix for 7-10 mins at low-medium speed until icing loses its sheen.To prevent drying,be sure to cover the bowl with a damp cloth,while working with icing.
Procedure To make cookies:
1.Take a mixing bowl,cream butter egg and water,now add the ginger bread mix and beat on medium speed to make it to smooth dough,scrap the dough on to plastic wrap and cover completely and chilli in fridge for min of 2hrs n a max of overnight.
2.Take the chilled dough on to a floured surface and using a rolling pi
n roll the cookie dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut rectangle shapes
out of it...I made 3 pieces of 18X10 cm rectangles and 2 pieces of 10X10 cm rectangles.
3.Transfer the cut cookie rectangles on to a baking sheet and bake for 11-12 mins at 350 F,when done take them out of oven and let them cool for 2 min n then transfer them to a cooling rack and wait for 15-20 mins.I made a small decorative glass effect either sides of the box,I first the cookies for 6 mins,removed them from oven and then used a small heart shaped cookie cutter and cut the sheets n then filled the gaps with candy(I used mango mood n Pan pasand) and put them in the oven and bake for another 6 mins.
4.When the cookies are completely cooled u can decorate the cookies right away or store them in a air tight container.
5.Lay a 18X10 cm rectangle on a flat surface and pipe the royal icing on 1 18 cm sides of the cookie and then place another 18X10 cm cookie and let it dry for 20-30 mins.Support the cookies with a glass or a can so that the cookie is in place.
6.Repeat the same process with all the sides using the cookies.Carefully glue the edges together with royal icing to hold them in place.
I even made small cube in 10X10 cm size and glued it using blue colored royal icing and filled it with snowman pops which I bought 4m dollar store .
I filled the big cookie gift box with candies from See's candies.
Wishing U All a Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year.