Gingerbread men on a wire tray

Gingerbread men

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 10 mins


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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  • 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



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

  • 50g unsalted butter



    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


  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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RosieVimes's picture
29th Oct, 2019
These worked fine for me! Gingerbread is generally quite difficult to work with, but just make sure to work the dough well before chilling, and if it seems a little dry add a little water!
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Carys Manson
29th Sep, 2019
Great recipe !We made this recipe to teens with no help we didn’t add Cinnamon Because we didn’t have any and we also forgot to cool it in the fridge. Our biscuits were excellent and turned out perfect soft in middle and little crisp on outside. We think that you all have a bit of a problem with cooking and measuring .
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Joanne Galvin
29th Jun, 2019
Awful recipe. My four year old was so disappointed. It took a lot of kneading to get the wet and dry to barely bind together. Then after 30mins in the fridge I could have made a wall with it it was so solid! Tried to rectify by microwaving it then added a little more melted butter but once in the oven the gingerbread shape just disappeared and they melted into one big cake. Also they Cooked on the outside but not the inside so I had to cook for longer on a lower heat. Waste of time and ingredients. I’m surprised the BBC have kept this recipe on their site.
Rachel Katrina
27th Mar, 2019
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.
30th Jan, 2019
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
8th Jan, 2019
Make a little thicker or 1min less cooking to keep softer
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Dorothy Moore
28th Dec, 2018
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
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
4th Dec, 2018
Really not a great recipe. Crumbly, has to add milk and once cooked just REALLY REALLY salty
26th Dec, 2016
Really good, I have used it several times and they have always turned out delicious.


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Suji Kim
8th Dec, 2017
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.
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Joanne Galvin
29th Jun, 2019
Wish I had seen this before making. Thanks for posting
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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