Do you want to make friends and relatives a handmade, fun and delicious Christmas gift?!
One of the coolest desserts of Christmas tradition is gingerbread men. If this year you want to try your hand at a little Christmas gift for your friends, you can decide to prepare gingerbread cookies with this recipe and embellish them with a personal touch: hemp flour (tasty and healthy), and add cannabis to ensure that you love a fun Christmas.
Hemp and cannabis gingerbread men are an excellent idea for a Christmas gift: first, making them with your hands will be more personal, and you can also choose to make them even more beautiful and fun by adding representative decorations that you know the recipient will like. You can spruce up your men with writings, special candies or give them your friend’s likeness. In short, these simple, excellent and colourful desserts are the perfect idea for those who love to indulge themselves with creativity and can’t stand mass-produced gifts. The addition of cannabis light is obviously to be declared to the recipient, as not everyone can be happy with a gift of this type, or because they could be served to children without knowing. If you are not sure that your friend will appreciate the addition, you can safely make them without cannabis by merely replacing the cannabis butter with regular butter. If instead, you know that these people are curious or already passionate about cannabis edibles, we are sure that you will not be able to surprise them more aptly!
Regarding the presence of cannabinoids in these biscuits, you will need to get some cannabis butter: doing it at home is easy, follow the special recipe we revealed in this article about marijuana biscuits.
If you want to respect the tradition in terms of shape and decorations you will need a mold for biscuits in the shape of a little man, a sac-à-poche with a fine tip for decorations with icing, food coloring (your choice) and some other edible colored decorations (chocolate drops, pralines, glitter, etc). The choice is yours, follow your creative instinct and have fun!
Recipe of hemp and cannabis gingerbread men
Ingredients for the base:
300 grams of semolina flour
30 grams of hemp flour
200 grams of cane sugar (unrefined)
50 grams of butter (from this quantity you choose how much cannabis butter to use if all or only a part to have a less potent effect)
2 fresh eggs
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Peel of 1 grated lemon
2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger
Powdered spice mix: 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 clove, 1/2 white pepper (or as you like)
1 pinch of salt
Ingredients for the icing:
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon of cream of tartar
2 1/2 tablespoons of water (lukewarm)
Food colouring of your choice
In a large bowl, mix the butter at room temperature (or softened in a bain-marie) with the sugar and the eggs, by means of a spatula, until the mixture is homogeneous. Add the ginger, powdered spices, salt and lemon peel, and mix again. Add the flour and the yeast to the mixture, a little at a time being careful not to form lumps. Keep adding them until the mixture forms a compact dough ball, then place it in the fridge covered with a damp cloth for at least an hour.
After the rest period, roll the dough to a rolling pin on a clean and floured surface, to a thickness of about 3 mm, and then cut it with the biscuit mold.
Arrange the gingerbread men on a baking sheet, cover them with baking paper, being careful to ensure that the various forms do not touch or are not too close to each other, and cook it at 170 ° C (preheated) for about 15-20 minutes.
As soon as they are cooked, the biscuits take on a beautiful golden colour. If they are overcooked, they will have very fine cracks and become excessively crunchy, so it is necessary not to lose track during cooking so as not to exceed the time required in the oven. Once cooked, take them out of the oven and let them cool in the pan outside the oven (or they will dry out too much).
Preparation and application of the icing
Put all the ingredients for the frosting in a bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture into two or more bowls to create icing of different colours; one bowl, usually the white icing, should have more than the others. Add a couple of drops of colourant of your choice to the different bowls of icing but leave the white one neutral. Pass each batch through a mixer at high speed for at least five minutes, taking care not to mix the colours.
Pour the icing into a pastry bag to decorate the gingerbread men, starting with the white glaze. Do all the white decorations first before moving on to the coloured ones. If you plan to use other decorations, place them while the glaze or icing is still fresh so that it can act as glue. Be careful not to let too much time pass from preparation to decoration because the mixture hardens quickly. Once finished, let them air dry for at least a couple of hours in a cold room before moving or bagging them.
Ideas for decorations
If you want to set these special gingerbread men apart and make sure you can immediately pinpoint what they are made of, then we advise you to prepare sparkling green icing and use this to decorate the cookies with allusive cannabis leaf designs! Therefore, the valuable content of your cookies will be self-explanatory, and at the time of delivery, you will make a great impression!