Gingerbread men on a wire tray

Gingerbread men

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

Serves 15-20

Use this versatile dough to make gingerbread men and other shapes. Let the kids decorate them with icing for a perfect winter's day activity

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (20)

  • kcal95
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0.5g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.44g
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Ingredients

  • 225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 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-…

  • 1 heaped tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

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

  • 50g unsalted butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 100g golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Sieve the flour, salt, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Heat the butter, sugar and syrup until dissolved. Leave the sugar mixture to cool slightly, then mix into the dry ingredients to form a dough. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 mins. 

  2. On a surface lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to a ¼-inch thickness. Stamp out the gingerbread men shapes with a cutter, then re-roll any off-cuts and repeat. Place your gingerbread shapes on the lined trays, allowing space for them to spread. Cook for 10-15 mins, then remove from the oven and leave to cool.

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Rachel Katrina
27th Mar, 2019
3.05
Wish I'd read the reviews first - the mixture didn't bind together to form a dough, it was really crumbly. I added melted butter and milk until it formed a dough, so did manage to save them, but it was a faff when I was after a quick bake. I wouldn't put as much salt in either. My husband who isn't a huge ginger fan really liked them.
JellyTot91
30th Jan, 2019
1.05
Wish I had read the reviews before wasting my time :( So disappointing. The dough doesn't hold together to roll out. The proportions are all wrong
irving_a
8th Jan, 2019
3.05
Make a little thicker or 1min less cooking to keep softer
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Dorothy Moore
28th Dec, 2018
1.05
Absolutely useless. Tried 3 times, followed the recipe exactly they just turned into a black mass the first time and then after reducing the time and temp they just melted into one lump the next time. The block was cooked but tasted too sweet and sickly. Not sure what stops it melting when cooking
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Amelia Szadowska
15th Dec, 2018
1.05
Dough turned out too crumbly to roll so had to attempt to fix it with some water. Somehow got them baked and they turned rock solid and inedible after cooling. Very bad recipe
noniattard1
4th Dec, 2018
2.05
Really not a great recipe. Crumbly, has to add milk and once cooked just REALLY REALLY salty
lisa1x
26th Dec, 2016
5.05
Really good, I have used it several times and they have always turned out delicious.
mikehayes
29th Apr, 2016
1.05
Follow this recipe if you want a dough that crumbles to dust the moment you show it the rolling pin.
lcmays
8th Nov, 2015
5.05
My children made this recipe. They are 3 and 5 years old. This recipe makes really nice gingerbread men and women. I think I would omit the salt next time though as we used salted butter and they were a little salty.
GemFree511
7th Nov, 2015
I've made this recipe and had no problems. I left out the cinnamon as I didn't have any, and put the dough in the fridge overnight wrapped in a freezer bag until the next day. Before rolling and cutting I left it on the side for 30 minutes. It was really easy to work with. The only thing I changed was the temperature of the oven - I put this at gas mark 4 and cooked the biscuits for 7-10 minutes, but kept an eye on them. I removed them from the tray immediately and left to cool. They were perfect!

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Suji Kim
8th Dec, 2017
5.05
I use this recipe all the time and the trick is not to chill the dough in the fridge. Follow the instructions but ignore Step 3 and voila! Perfect gingerbread men every time.
Baker jones
19th Dec, 2013
Add 1/4 cup milk to stop the crumblyness and bake for 5 mins @ 300f and they come out perfect every time. And I double the ginger and replace the cinnamon with 1/8tsp ground cloves for the spice.
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