Christmas is coming!!!!! I am extremely excited about Christmas because it is my favourite time of the year. Everybody is in a jolly and generous mood. The kids are all behaving extra nice because Santa and his elves are watching who goes on the good list and who on the bad. But most of all, it’s a time where family and friends get together and catch up over good food.
Talking about good food, how do you define good food? Food that taste good? Food that is good for you? Or both? For me, it has to be a good balance between the both. And this recipe that I’m sharing with you today is the perfect example of one that taste delicious, is much better for your body, and absolutely gorgeous to look at too! They make awesome gifts, or even X’mas tree ornaments!
These gingerbread cookies are made out of Carob Syrup from Forever Young Pte Ltd, instead of molasses made out of refine sugar. I also added some Roasted Carob Powder to the mix for more added goodness. Honestly, I feel that the flavour profile of carob goes amazingly well with the warm gingerbread spices!
What is Carob? It is a tropical pod with sweet caramel-like edible pulp. Personally, I can only describe the taste of Carob a cross between maple syrup, sweet dates, and gula melaka. It is most often used as a substitute for cocoa, perhaps because of the similarity in colour. Most recipes can be substituted one-for-one. However, it contains 1/3 less calories as compared to standard chocolate! Plus Carob is naturally sweet so less refine sugar is needed to sweeten your bake products.
Carob is listed as one of the ultimate superfood along side acai berries, chia seeds, ginseng etc. Benefits of consuming carob includes:
- Lower cholestrol
- Regulated blood sugar
- Weight loss
- Decreased stomach problem
- No caffeine
- No gluten
- Low amount of fat and sugar
- High antioxidants
- High in fiber
- Curbs sugar craving
Carob is also an excellent source of vitamins such as A, B2, B3, B6, and D. Great for skin and eye development! As well as minerals such as copper, calcium (3 times as much as milk!), manganese, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and selenium. Adding Carob in your diet can also help to reduce the risk of heart disease and ease stomach issues. Carob is rich in protein which helps to keep you more satiated, decreasing chances of cravings and snacking between meals.
What’s more, Carob is stimulant-free. So no worries about caffeine and theobromine with the little ones, or people who may be sensitive to caffeine. Because Carob is naturally sweet, it means I get to use lesser refine sugar. With all that added health benefits, I feel so much better about giving my girls these delicious healthier treats!
My girls were over-joyed when they saw me making these gingerbread cookies. The husband was equally ecstatic as well. The girls took a bite and exclaimed, “Mom, you make the best gingerbread men ever!! They are so yummy!” and the husband said, “Wow! These are really good!”. Half the batch was gone in the same day. I hid the other half. lol!
Check out Forever Young Enterprise for more carob recipes like ogura cakes, smoothies if you would like to know how you can use carob products in your baking. The carob products they carry are gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, caffeine-free, non-GMO, and Halal certified. All their carob products have no added sweetener, and are suitable for consumption by diabetic patients because of their low glycemic index value (GI value of only 15!) and low glycemic load value (GL).
In collaboration with the good people at Forever Young Enterprise, the distributor of these amazing Australian certified organic carob products, I am hosting a giveaway of 2 sets of Carob Gingerbread Cookies Hamper. Each winner will receive full sized roasted carob powder, a bottle of carob syrup, cookie cutters, and all full sized ingredients that you’ll need to create these delicious cookies!!
Visit Forever Young to find out more about Carob products, or purchase some of this amazing superfood. To take part in the giveaway, simply complete the widget below.
This giveaway ends on Monday, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Singapore time (GMT+8). There will be 2 winners selected by random.org and will contacted by email. Each winner will receive 1 set only. The winner will need to respond within 48 hours. If there is no response from the winner after 48 hours, another winner will be selected. The winner will be directed to Forever Young Enterprise for collection/delivery; therefore, it is open to Singapore entrants only. This giveaway is sponsored by Forever Young Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Carob Gingerbread Cookies
- 420 g All-purpose flour
- 100 g Brown sugar
- 35 g Carob powder
- 1 Egg
- 86 g Unsalted butter softened
- ½ tsp Baking soda
- 1½ tsp Baking powder
- ½ cup Carob syrup
- 1 tbsp Ginger powder
- 2 tsp Cinnamon powder
- ¼ tsp Ground cloves
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 pack royal Icing mix Red Man from Phoon Huat
- More flour for dusting
- Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, clove, ginger, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
- In your mixer, beat together butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract until combined.
- Pour in the carob syrup and beat for 30 seconds.
- With mixer on medium low, gradually add in flour mixture.
- Beat until combined, scraping down the sides to ensure everything is mixed in together.
- The dough will be quite soft, but it will firm up after resting.
- Divide dough into 2 and place each dough on a cling wrap.
- Wrap it up, and set the dough aside for 2 hours (don’t skip this!) for the flavour to develop and for the dough to firm up.
- You can prepare dough the night before and place it in the fridge overnight.
- Dough can also be prepared about 4 days in advance.
- When ready to cut out the cookies, preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Place dough between 2 sheets of baking paper.
- Then roll out to ¼ inch thick using a rolling pin.
- If the dough is too sticky, simply dust it with flour to make it workable for you.
- Cut out gingerbread cookies, and gently remove the edges.
- Transfer parchment paper with cookies on top to baking tray and bake for 7-9 minutes.
- Bake longer if you like crispy gingersnap like cookies, and shorter baking time if you like softer cookies.
- Continue rolling and cutting with the rest of the dough, baking one sheet at a time.
- Transfer baked cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
- Prepare Royal Icing following package instructions. Tint if desired and decorate away!
- Allow icing to dry completely before storing in individual baggies or air-tight containers.
Theresa tay21 November, 2016 at 10:57 am
I am baking the cookies for my children and their classmates for Christmas celebration:) it will be so timely!!
Jasmine21 November, 2016 at 1:42 pm
I want to bake the cookies for my kiddos because the cookies from the recipe you shared are so much healthier than store-bought ones. My professional bowl-lickers saw your pretty pictures and are all excited!
Vincent Lee Wee Ping21 November, 2016 at 3:30 pm
i will bake for my wife
Melissa Yeo / cptslowyeo21 November, 2016 at 8:19 pm
For my friends and family. To thank them for their love, care and concern for me the whole year. Baking for them is the least I can do to repay them for their kind actions.
Thank you for having this giveaway!
IG : Cptslowyeo
Fb : Melissa Yeo
Twitter : frozentrace
Noorsyahidsh21 November, 2016 at 8:19 pm
Would love bake the cookies for my polytechnic schoolmates gathering cum Christmas Celebration at my homely abode!
Hope to win! ✌❤🎄
bsmint21 November, 2016 at 9:07 pm
Baking it for my dad. He’s diabetic so he hardly ever gets a sweet treat that I can give to him and have us both be worry-free. Hope to win this to bake him some Christmas sweets (:
Tan huixiu Adeline22 November, 2016 at 3:37 pm
I will bake the cookies for my families, friends and colleagues as Christmas gift.
Julie tan22 November, 2016 at 3:47 pm
I wish to bake for
My mum who love cookie and thank her for taking care of my girl.
My sister who always stand by me when I was down.
Erica sim22 November, 2016 at 4:15 pm
My godson wants to bake with me this Christmas
Cai SJ22 November, 2016 at 5:46 pm
I would love to bake them for my colleagues who have become treasured friends and promote the use of healthier ingredients in our baking and food for our loved ones.
Seline Tan22 November, 2016 at 6:12 pm
I will bake these cookies for my daughter as she loves my gingerbread cookies. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!
Iris Ong22 November, 2016 at 7:36 pm
I will make them for my lovely family. Treat them to something sweet and special for celebration the Christmas season.
chengling tan22 November, 2016 at 10:46 pm
i will bake these cookies for my mum who loves cookies! yummy!
Yi Pei Sum22 November, 2016 at 10:57 pm
Would love to win this n bake these beautiful cookies for my son’s birthday on the 18th Dec! I already had an idea when I saw these beautifully bake cookies! I will arrange them on a chocolate coated tower, decorate it with chocolate buttons & a 2 year old candle right at the TOP and Ta-dah! Instantly turns it into a lovely birthday cake!!!
Bebe Lee23 November, 2016 at 12:48 am
I would bake the cookies for my family who are huge cookies lovers
Nicole23 November, 2016 at 2:47 am
These are so beautiful! I love the flavor of carob. I had no idea there was a carob syrup.
Sophia Ang23 November, 2016 at 5:31 am
I’ll bake these cookies for my family and colleagues as a festive treat. 😊
Hui Yi23 November, 2016 at 7:10 am
I would like to bake the cookies for my grandma who will be celebrating her 90 yrs old b’day in end of Nov.
Joanna Heng23 November, 2016 at 8:04 am
My hubby and son who loves cookies!
Casy Ang23 November, 2016 at 10:57 am
I would love to bake for my love Darren Kwan because it’s Christmas and he loves cookies a lots. Every Christmas, we celebrate as a couple is a most exciting event and romantic times we’ll have. The celebration always wonderful and joyous together with my love. 💑🎉🎁🎄
Steve Chee23 November, 2016 at 12:03 pm
These cookies are too amazing not to share! My love Yuncin Ding would love this gingerbread cookies to her heart as she love every delicious dessert.
Ginny My23 November, 2016 at 12:23 pm
For my family, especially my parents. They always work so hard and give us so much. So we 3 sisters decide to bake some cake and cookies for them and also share some with our friends and neighbour to spread and share the joy.
Nadia Kua23 November, 2016 at 1:04 pm
I’ll bake this cookies with my kids for the family.
Christmas is a season where everyone gather as a family once a year and this will definitely be in my baking list! Thanks Sharon.
Mark Chan23 November, 2016 at 1:44 pm
I love to bake these cookies for my mom because my mom love cookies.
Ester Em23 November, 2016 at 10:40 pm
I am definitely making this cookies with and for my kids. My 4 year old loves to help me out in the kitchen. Last year we made a Ginger Bread house but it wasn’t that great. Nevertheless, we enjoyed every moment of it and afterwards too when it comes to eating it 🙂 So I’m sure my son will love making this ginger bread cookies with me and then we can share it with the rest of the family.
Sharin Chia23 November, 2016 at 11:59 pm
I am baking for myself as I love Yummilicious delights
Siaw Hoon New24 November, 2016 at 12:51 am
I will bake these cookies with my two boys (5 & 6 yo) at home.
They both like baking even they are just boys and they love it.
Boys can bake and cook well too. They are interesting in these areas.
A great baking bonding activities with the children.
Toh lay hoon24 November, 2016 at 5:40 am
I will be baking the cookie for my family and friends. We got a Xmas party gathering & this recipes just nice for festival moods.
June Low24 November, 2016 at 1:17 pm
I wish to bake it for my dear sister who is a carob lover….
Wong Wei Keng24 November, 2016 at 6:03 pm
I will be baking the cookies for my family friends and colleagues! Can’t wait for the moment when I can share the joy with them 😁
Jess Koh27 November, 2016 at 7:25 pm
I wish to bake lovely cookies for my friends with my daughter. She love baking. I’m sure this will be a new project for us. Hope to be the lucky one. Thanks.
Andy Neo27 November, 2016 at 10:55 pm
The kiddies are having a christmas party for their classmates and I will definitely be helping to bake some cookies for their party