Gingerbread men

Gingerbread men

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(56 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Makes 12 big gingerbread men

Even the smallest hands can help make these gingerbread men – perfect for Christmas. You can use raisins, sultanas or Smarties to decorate

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition:

  • kcal264
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars20g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.33g
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Ingredients

  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

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

  • 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
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

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

  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
    Peppers

    Pepper

    pep-iz

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

  • 2 balls stem ginger from a jar, chopped
    Ginger

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    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

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.

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ann.brandish@ic...
3rd Dec, 2013
OMG, How I wish I had not bothered. Far too crumbly so have wrapped into sausages and put in the fridge hoping to get biscuits at least. Sorry, will not be using this recipe again.
Prettydelicious
28th Oct, 2013
Not the best gingerbread. The biscuits were nice and spicy however the dough was very crumbly and over sweet. Wouldn't make again. I find the recipies which use more golden syrup and less sugar to work better for me.
LadyPenelope999
4th Oct, 2013
Apologies, meant to give this 3 stars!
LadyPenelope999
4th Oct, 2013
Unfortunately I didn't read the comments section before I started, and I also experienced the same difficulty rolling out the crumbly dough. I managed to make a few gingerbread men after attaching their arms/legs back on before abandoning the dough to a cake tin & throwing a handful of raisins on top! Both the biscuits and my concoction tasted lovely, probably best described as a ginger shortbread, but would take on board the suggestions below if I made it again. Incidentally, I referred to my old companion, the Bero cook book, for this recipe which stated to use a much lower amount of butter - 40g.
lozcat74
1st Jun, 2013
3.05
I've used this recipe a few times now and have experimented with the amount of butter, syrup, egg etc in hopes of making the dough less crumbly. There's another recipe on this site called Spicy Tree Biscuits, which uses more or less the same ingredients and a slightly different method. It makes lovely, malleable dough and tasty gingerbread biscuits.
vjforsy
2nd May, 2013
4.05
I am so glad that I read the comments for this recipe before I started making it! I too found that the mix was somewhat crumbly and would have been near impossible to roll out. However, as suggested above, the addition of a beaten egg pulled it together into a workable dough. The next time I make these I might add a tiny bit more ground ginger. I'd recommend using the cayenne - gives a nice little kick at the end of a mouthful, without being overpowering.
willowpaige
6th Apr, 2013
oooo these tasted absoulutley gorgeous!! but had trouble getting mixture like dough, was very crumbly! anyone help?
donnarattray
20th Feb, 2013
5.05
Really reliable gingerbread recipe. Easy to make. We used half the mixture to make one batch of gingerbread men and put the rest in the fridge for the following day.
whokilledthecat
5th Dec, 2012
so hope mine turnout, couldn't work out why it was so dry and added hot water.....then realised had only put 40gms butter in
kathymac2011
25th Nov, 2012
these tasted lovely but were rock hard?? is this normal or have i cooked them too long?

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