Lol. Didn’t your mother never tell you not to play with your food?
These are totally posh gingerbread men – can they even be called that when they have no ginger in them? We are divided on that in the apartment – I think yes, because ‘biscuits-shaped-like-gingerbread-men’ doesn’t really sound that nice. But anyway, these are lime, chilli and dark chocolate ‘gingerbread’ men, and they are really delicious, and actually very simple to make. I got the idea when I was over visiting Ali, and her highly skilled Brazilian flatmates were making lime cookies that they kindly let me taste (seeing me almost drool). The chilli does the same as ginger, it is spicy but not too in your face. And then the chocolate is just the obvious addition. You could package them up and give them as presents – super
250g butter, softened
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp mild chilli powder
Zest of 1-2 limes (depends on how limey you like it)
300g plain flour
1. Mix 250g softened butter and 140g caster sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon.
2. Add 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp chilli powder and briefly beat to combine. Mix in the lime zest.
3. Sift in the 300g plain flour and stir (not beat) until the mixture is well combined – you might need to get your hands in at the end to give everything a really good mix and press the dough together. I actually did this all in a food processor, and it works a treat.
4. Flour your work surface and your rolling pin – roll out the dough until it is about 1cm thick. Cut out into whatever shape you like (we used 2 lids to make makeshift snowmen, pressing the two discs together before baking.) Pop them on lined flat baking trays, giving a reasonable amount of space for spread-age.
5. Bake in a preheated oven (190C) for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
6. Melt chocolate and then follow your heart’s desire – #yolo.