Gingerbread cookies, little Zenzy from Shrek

gingerbread cookies

Watching movies, we are always looking for scenes with dishes that inspire us: yet we had almost missed Shrek! In this animated movie by Dreamworks not only food is important in many scenes, but it also comes to life and becomes a nice side character: Zenzy! So here we’ve got our recipe of gingerbread cookies.

Gingerbread are soft and spicy biscuits, perfect for snacking, or to be served with tea… Their delicious smell will enchant you, and it will be really difficult to let them cool to decorate them ?.

Shrek: tortured Zenzy

Image from the motion picture “Shrek”. No copyright infringment intended. All rights reserved to original owner.

We must admit that we had a lot of fun making this photo, torturing Zenzy; the biscuits were eaten soon after, of course, only to end their suffering.


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gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies

Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 40 cookies
Difficulty Easy


  • 350 g flour
  • 100 g honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • vanilla
  • some orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 150 g butter
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 50 g muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 egg white
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • gummy candies


  1. Mix flour, baking powder, the two types of sugar and salt.

  2. Add the powdered or ground spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and spice). Chop and add a little orange zest. Then add the vanilla seeds.

  3. Add the egg and soften butter, then add the honey while kneading.

    Form a ball, cover with the film and let it rest in the fridge for an hour.

  4. Roll out the dough making it about 3-4 mm tall. Cut with the cookie mold and place on a baking sheet lined up with baking paper.

  5. Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes at 180°C. Let them cool completely before decorating.


  1. Whip the egg white with a few drops of lemon juice, when its volume will be increased about 4 times, add the sugar and continue until it will be mounted stiff. Place the egg whites in a sac a poche with the smallest tip you have.

  2. Decorate the cookies and fix the gummy buttons with some icing.

  3. Now your little gingerbreads are ready to be tortured and eaten.

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