Simple Gingerbread Man Recipe

Gingerbread Man Decoration

It’s Christmas Eve! One more sleep to go guys! Today I am spending the day preparing the food for tomorrow’s long awaited Christmas feast! If you saw my Insta Stories yesterday you would have seen that my daughter and I baked our homemade Mince Pies, check out my recipe here. So today we decided to bake some Gingerbread men to leave out for Father Christmas tonight!

Recently, my daughter has shown a massive interest in cooking and baking (she is definitely my child!) She is so open to trying new foods all the time and loves baking biscuits and cakes! As it is Christmas Eve I won’t waffle on and write a long post but as a Christmas gift from my family to yours I thought I would share a really easy Gingerbread recipe that I have found to be the best for a quick and easy baking experience that are fun to make with your little ones!

INGREDIENTS

(Makes 14 Gingerbread Men)

350g Self Raising Flour

1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

2tsp Ground Ginger

1tsp Ground Cinnamon (I used Lucybee Organic Cinnamon Powder)

125g Unsalted Butter

175g Light Soft Brown Sugar

1 Large Egg, lightly beaten

4tbsp Dessert Golden Syrup

For Decorations

A box of Royal Icing, ready made or ready to mix and colour pastes

or Coloured Writing Icing (this is a quicker way to decorate as you don’t need to add colours)

You will need a Gingerbread Man Cutter, any size will do it will just alter the amount you make

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METHOD

Preheat fan oven to 180 degrees

Line a couple of baking trays with parchment or greaseproof paper (you will probably need to bake in two batches if you only have one oven)

In a large bowl, sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and set aside

In another bowl cream the butter (I used my mircowave for about 10 seconds to make the butter really soft)

In a smaller bowl, lightly beat the egg and add the golden syrup and mix together

Add the dry ingredients to the butter and make into breadcrumbs

TIP: I started off using a fork to combine the ingredients and then with clean hands I used my thumb and fingers to create ‘breadcrumbs’

Add the egg mixture and knead for around 5 minutes to combine all the ingredients until you have formed a cookie dough like texture

Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for around 10-15 minutes for the dough to cool to prevent the mixture from crumbling when you use your cutters

On a clean worktop dust a little flour before rolling out the dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness

Use you cutters to cut out as many as you can, you may have to keep the excess and roll out a few times to get as many cut as you can

Place in the middle of the oven for around 8-10 minutes, until the dough has become a light golden brown on top (remember to leave at least 1 inch in-between as these babies will grow!)

Leave on the baking tray for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack as this will prevent any breakage

Once cooled you can decorate them how you wish!

Store in an airtight container for later or enjoy straight away with a spiced tea latte or a cup of tea!

Baking

Merry Christmas! Have a good one!

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10 Comments

  1. December 26, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    These are SO sweet and so simple to make, I feel like you can’t go wrong with gingerbread men! I think I’ll be giving this recipe a go with my little brother! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

    • Pinar
      December 30, 2017 / 3:39 pm

      It’s always a winner! Aww let me know what you think 🙂

      Pinar xo

  2. December 27, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I have never though to bake things such as ginger man but they look so awesome and yummy and to be honest it doesn’t seem that hard! So I might try! xx

    • Pinar
      December 30, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Definitely give them a go!

      Pinar xo

  3. Ashton
    December 27, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Those look so yummy xx

    • Pinar
      January 1, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Thank you! xo

    • Pinar
      December 30, 2017 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you 🙂

      Pinar xo

  4. December 30, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    These are ace! So cute. We made Christmas tree cookies, but will try these next time for sure! X

    • Pinar
      December 30, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Aww how cute! My daughter would love Christmas tree ones. I think we will try them next year 🙂

      Pinar xo

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