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Double ginger gingerbread men

Double ginger gingerbread men

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(50 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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:

  • 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
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp 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

    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)

    Pepper

    pepp-ah

    Sometimes called bell peppers or capsicums, these sweet, mild peppers come in variety of colours…

  • 2 balls stem ginger from a jar, chopped

    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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Comments (66)

dlittlewood's picture
4

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
4

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
5

These are really cute and yummy!!

lizbuckley's picture

I didn't have astem ginger but they were great without!!

lauren1384's picture

Simple recipe that cooks perfectly every time. We love this recipe especially with the stem ginger!

zebrabird's picture
4

Very easy. If you use really small gingerbread men cutters they need less time in the oven so they need watching carefully.

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