Gingerbread Men Recipe

Gingerbread Men


Baking Gingerbread is a great activity to do with kids.

Try this easy Gingerbread Men recipe and let kids use their imagination to decorate them.

What could be more fun? – Oh, eating them! Silly me.

Gingerbread Men


Makes 18

You will need:

  • Plain flour (12oz/340g/2 ¾ cups)
  • Butter (4oz/115g/1 stick)
  • Brown sugar (6oz/170g/ ¾ cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger


How to make Gingerbread Men…

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  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/350°F
  2. Measure out your ingredients.
  3. Put the flour, butter, ginger and bicarbonate of soda in a big mixing bowl and use the tips of your fingers to work all the ingredients together until it looks crumbly and there are no butter lumps left.
  4. Stir the sugar through the mixture.
  5. Add the egg and golden syrup and mix into a dough – if it’s too sticky to tip out of the bowl add a little more flour.
  6. Tip the dough out onto a well floured work surface and roll out to about 0.5cm thick.
  7. Cut out Gingerbread men with your Gingerbread cutter (note: if your mixture doesn’t have enough flour in the Gingerbread men will lose their shape when you pick them up. Knead in some more flour if this happens)
  8. Transfer the Gingerbread men to a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  9. Leave the cookies to cool for a minute before transferring them to a cooling rack.
  10. Decorate the Gingerbread men with icing pens, chocolate buttons, raisins or anything else that takes your fancy.


Tips for making your Gingerbread Men…

  • Remember to wash your hands well before starting.
  • Leave the butter out at room temperature for half an hour before you start to make crumbling easier – and chop it up into small pieces.
  • Make sure your rolling pin, work surface and the top of your dough are all well floured!
  • I found this recipe made too many Gingerbread men for just one family. If you’re not planning on taking these to a bake sale or a party, halve the recipe.
  • These taste fantastic with a water based frosting over the top.


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