Double ginger gingerbread men

Double ginger gingerbread men

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 15 mins


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


  • kcal264
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.33g
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  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 2 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 2 balls stem ginger from a jar, chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

To decorate

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


  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.

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Comments (66)

malvernmum's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simply scrumptious! :)

my_dunh's picture

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

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

it is easy and takes 10 mines ronan

silvercoin's picture

they only take 10 mins and they are easy

sue_tombs's picture

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!


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