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Gingerbread Men

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 |

Makes 13

Children love gingerbread men, they seem to get great satisfaction from eating a little man, and the biscuits taste pretty good too. However the real satisfaction comes from decorating them; if you make your own you can go crazy with the icing pens and make little hats and buttons with sweets.

Making gingerbread men is a fun project you and your children can do together over the school holidays. During the Christmas season you could always make a few gingerbread snowmen and Santas for the Christmas tree, or if you are feeling adventurous a Hansel and Gretel style gingerbread house is also very seasonal and requires lots of icing.

In summer a gingerbread ice cream sandwich is a perfect treat to cool down with and they look particularly good decorated in their swim suits ready for the beach. 


  • 400g plain flour
  • 100g butter
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp golden syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl mix the sugar, butter, bicarbonate of soda, golden syrup, ginger and cinnamon, until it resembles bread crumbs.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour, until it becomes a dough.
  4. With a rolling pin roll out the pastry on a floured surface and with a gingerbread man pastry cutter, cut out gingerbread men.
  5. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 8-13 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Leave to cool on a wire rack then decorate.


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