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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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....

skinnergm's picture
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I found it really hard to roll out too! Very crumbly, but managed to squash it into round biscuits. Cooked them for only 8 mins and they are fine.
Anyone else have the crumbly thing?!

i05wahan's picture
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These are soo good!! I made them with small cutters so only cooked them for 8 mins and they were perfect:) yum!

jamespursey's picture
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Easy to make and tastes like gingerbread men should taste like. A winner if you want to treat your kids.

jeangeniem's picture

my class have just used this recipe (times 5!) to make red nose gingerbread men....... yummy!

heatherelmer's picture

Just made with my 3 year old grandson, they turned out brilliant and he thought the raw mixture was rather yummy!

penny_baker's picture
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I used half quantities of the recipe to make gingerbread hearts for my husband as a Valentine's Day surprise, and decorated with melted milk chocolate. They went down very well, and he really looked forward to having them with a hot drink! Needless to say, they went really quickly! My only difficulty with the recipe was in lifting my rolled and cut hearts, as they stretched a bit then, but I think this was really down to my lack of a good tool to do the job. The biscuits have just the right amount of chewiness, are not over-strongly gingery and the pieces of ginger reallly make them.

clairella1972's picture
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Worked best for me rolled really thin (a bit tricky) and as above reduced cooking time and watched carefully. New to cooking (thanks for the tips) ... first batch used dark molasses sugar as had no Muscovado and worked quite well. Makes plenty - yummy.

sazzums4god's picture
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Simply scrumptious! :)

my_dunh's picture
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I just made a batch of these in less than 30 mins from start to finish (don't know where the 1 hour time guide coes from!!). I love the simplicity, and the fact that they don't contain any eggs. Super!

tamsinjames's picture
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Yummy even without the stem ginger (snow prevented me from getting to the shops!), i rolled them slightly thinner and cooked them for approx 5 mins. Delish!

lorrenth's picture

Made these a few nights ago, delicious!!! I have coeliacs disease so had to use gluten/wheat free flour which made them VERY hard, if anyone has any tips to make these more chewy I would love to hear them!

silvercoin's picture
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it is easy and takes 10 mines ronan

silvercoin's picture
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they only take 10 mins and they are easy

sue_tombs's picture
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This is a fantastic recipe, the stem ginger is a delicious addition. I used it with pumpkin cutters for a yummy halloween treat. :o)

helen48's picture

i found the recipe to crumbly and almost impossible to roll out!

elvinmac's picture

My great-granddaughter Grace is three years old and loved making these gingerbread men. We used raisins and tiny half-moon shaped jellies for eyes and mouth - they seemed to come to life!Tasted good too - we used different sized cutters to make families. A brilliant activity for a rainy day!

dlittlewood's picture
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Easy recipe and taste lovely but mine are rock hard! I will try again on a lower heat and for less time as suggested above

rachelroo's picture
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Yummy! I made stars instead of gingerbread men and found they only needed 8 mins at 170C and they turned out lovely.

elelor's picture
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These are really cute and yummy!!

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