Double ginger gingerbread men

Double ginger gingerbread men

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Cooking time

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12 big gingerbread men

Even the smallest hands can help make these friendly little fellows made with a versatile gingerbread recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
264
protein
3g
carbs
43g
fat
10g
saturates
6g
fibre
1g
sugar
20g
salt
0.33g

Ingredients

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 balls stem ginger from a jar, chopped

To decorate

  • 50g icing sugar
  • a few glacé cherries (we used undyed)
  • 2 balls stem ginger

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Mix flour, soda, spices and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in the butter mix and chopped ginger to make a stiff-ish dough.
  2. Wait until cool enough to handle, then roll out dough to about 5mm thick. Stamp out gingerbread men, re-rolling and pressing the trimmings back together and rolling again. Lift onto baking sheets. Bake for 12 mins until golden. Cool 10 mins on the sheets, then lift onto cooling racks.
  3. To decorate, mix icing sugar with a few drops of water until thick and smooth. Halve then slice cherries thinly to make smiles, and cut ginger into small squares. Spoon icing into a food bag, snip off the tiniest bit from one corner, then squeeze eyes and buttons, and a tiny smile onto 1 man at a time. Stick on a cherry smile and ginger buttons. Repeat; leave to set. Will keep up to 1 week in an airtight tin.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2009

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helen707's picture
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Adding an egg saves the day, the mix was really crumbly and got worse on cooling so I mixed an egg into it as others suggested and it behaved far better, easier to roll and cut. Loved the end product, would bake again, mine took 8 minutes in a fan oven

lilaengel's picture
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I'm onto my second batch of these. After reading the earlier comments about the dough being difficult to work with and after referring to some other recipes I decided to use an egg and I'm pleased to say I haven't had any problems with the mix being too crumbly.
Overall though it's fantastic!!

foodloverxxx's picture

I made these for my friends as a Christmas present and they were delicious!! They were very easy to make and loads of fun to decorate....children could make them WITH supervision (of course ) :) !!!
A fantastic recipe that I really liked!

malyn94's picture
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Forgot to rate! I am giving it 5 stars despite the crumbly dough as for me this wasn't a problem and the flavour is really good - eating one as we speak!

malyn94's picture
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Made these today. The mixture is a little crumbly so perhaps not the best recipe to use with small children but the taste and texture is lovely and surprisingly not too sweet. Just a pinch of cayenne gives the flavour a little 'bite'. Yummy!

jhammerton's picture
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On a friend's suggestion, added an egg -- worked a treat.

jhammerton's picture
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Tried these for the first time today -- dough was very crumbly and stuck to the rolling pin. Someone suggested using more golden syrup -- has anyone tried this and found that it works?

simonamurphy's picture
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Delicious, great fun and so simple to make! Would recommend a shorter cooking time, 8 - 10 mins I find is enough as I don't like my gingerbread men too crunchy.

debz88's picture

Great for my son who is egg allergic and dairy intolerant - he loves them, simply to make and great fun!

debbieafw's picture
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Although the taste was lovely, they are definitely not a recipe for making with a three year old. The dough was so crumbly, yet sticky. It stuck to the rolling pin, despite copious amounts of flour and cracked as you rolled, even on the first roll out. Very frustrating for mum and eager child!!!

nellawin's picture
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I've tried this recipe several times and each time it's crumbly and impossible to work with! It definitely needs at least 4tbsp of golden syrup to actually bind the dough! Once recovered it tastes lovely but the recipe definitely needs to be improved!

cupcakegodess's picture
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Sound good, I'm not a big fan of ginger so I'll use less, but sound great! I'll make dem with my lil cousin, she's 8 and she luvs baking with me!!!! Speacially cupcakes!! Jessicaxx

nshubrook's picture

Super easy and tasted delicious!

chrissy21's picture
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Although the taste is good I have a problem with the dough also.

It starts off sticky but wont hold together.

I have tried reducing the golden syrup but it still ends up the same.

I have tried adding water as suggested but it ends up sticky and wet.

Would apprecite where I am going wrong.

lauradfharrop's picture
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Made this today with my little boy, we followed the recipe exactly but missed the pepper, they were delicous and really easy.

jellybean1981's picture
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Loved making these with the boys. Quick, unfussy and totally delicious!

malvernmum's picture
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I've just had exactly the same problem. Mix was really greasy when compressed into a ball, and impossible to roll out as it just crumbled into bits so we squashed balls of it between our hands and then baked them.
Only thing I can think of is that I didn't allow the dough to cool enough before rolling?? Will try again another day...

lexagrace's picture
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So much fun for little one's! Perfect solution for rainy day as quick to make and lots of fun to decorate. Didn't have stem ginger but tasted yummy but was a bit crumble and difficult to role out.

samwatson's picture
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I too had the crumbly issue. I squashed it all into a round tin and made a giant cookie. Would love some suggestions as to what the issue was as my boys were really upset that they couldn't make gingerbread men.

anitag's picture
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I also found this recipe so crumbly that I couldn't roll it out and ended up putting it all in the bin :-( And yet I followed the recipe to the lettera nd don't think i overworked it, so don't really know what went wrong....

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