Excellent gingerbread men

    35 min

    Delicious gingery biscuits, which come out of the oven soft and then harden as they cool. An old-fashioned childhood favourite.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 350g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 100g butter
    • 150g brown sugar
    • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
    • 1 egg
    • currants, chocolate chips and/or nuts (to decorate)

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
    2. Sift together the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda. Dice the butter and rub in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
    3. Beat together the syrup and the egg, and stir into flour mixture. Knead with floured hands to form a smooth dough.
    4. Roll out on a floured worksurface about 0.5cm thick. Using a gingerbread man cutter, cut shapes until all of the dough has been used, rerolling the trimmings. Lay these on lined baking trays.
    5. Decorate with currants, chocolate chips and/or nuts for the eyes and buttons.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

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    Something else. Needed to add more flour, and would need to use extra ginger to taste it  -  03 May 2010


    Great, easy recipe. made with my 4 year old son. Had to add a little water to make it all stick together to roll but other than that it was good. Taste lovely, not too gingery.  -  15 Apr 2011


    Made with grandchildren. Needed to add a further 200g of flour as mix was so sticky, even after putting in fridge for 1/2 hour. 2 tsps not gingery enough, all you could taste was the carefully measured 4 tbs golden syrup. Would need to tweek if making again. Tastes more like a syrup biscuit  -  03 May 2010