Gingerbread men are festive, fun to make and a cute little gift to give people over the Holiday period. Presented in a pretty jar or wrapped in a clear bag tied with gingham ribbon, they go down a real treat!
Here’s an easy recipe to follow:
You will need:
• Electric hand whisk/ food processor
• Wooden spoon
• A rolling pin
• Biscuit cutters (gingerbread man shape/ other)
• Baking trays (ideally 2)
• A clean surface/ plastic chopping board
• A fork, tablespoon and teaspoon
• 350g plain flour (plus extra for rolling the dough)
• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 2 tsp ground ginger
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• 125g softened unsalted butter
• 175g light soft brown sugar
• 1 large egg
• 4 tbsp golden syrup
Whatever you like, but I recommend:
• Colour writing icing
1) Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Add the softened butter and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs. The ginger flavour is not too strong in this recipe, so you may want to add a dash more ground ginger if you’re a big fan.
Top Tip: a food processor can be used here. If not, scrunching and crumbling the mix with clean hands will help speed up the process.
2) Add the sugar and mix briefly.
3) Crack the egg into a separate bowl and whisk lightly with a fork. Add the golden syrup and mix with the egg before adding to the main bowl with the flour.
4) Pulse the mixture together using an electric whisk or food processor until it comes together to form a dough.
5) Preheat the oven to 160 Fan oven/180C or Gas Mark 4.
6) Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
7) Dust your chopping board/ surface with flour, tip out the dough and knead until smooth.
8) Roll the dough out to around half a centimeter in thickness and cut out your shapes.
Top tip: the syrup makes the dough very sticky, so don’t be shy with adding flour to your rolling pin and the surface.
9) Place the shapes on the baking tray, keeping a space between each, and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. You should end up with around 20 biscuits.
Top tip: you will be amazed how much the biscuits grow in the oven so do keep them a fair distance apart (about 6 to a tray) and opt for a smaller cutter.
10) Leave to cool completely before decorating. The classic bow-tie and smarties look is my favourite!