Chewy gingerbread men

    30 min

    It's great fun to make these soft and chewy gingerbread men. Decorating them will keep the kids occupied for hours! Remember to make enough to give as gifts to your neighbours.


    Buckinghamshire, England, UK
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    Makes: 16 gingerbread men

    • 350g (12 oz) plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 115g (4 oz) butter, cubed
    • 175g (6 oz) soft light brown sugar
    • 4 tablespoons golden syrup
    • 1 egg, beaten

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Lightly grease or line two baking trays.
    2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs; stir in sugar. Beat syrup into egg then stir into flour mixture.
    3. Knead the dough until smooth. Roll out to 1/2 cm thick on a lightly floured surface; stamp or cut out desired gingerbread men shapes.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and puffed, about 10-12 minutes. Let them sit on the tray for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack.
    5. Cool completely before decorating with icing.

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    Superb results! I added a teaspoon of cinnamon too and heaped up my teaspoons of ginger. I got 20 large gingerbread men from the amount of dough, which is brilliant as I can freeze them. Thanks so much for such a brilliant recipe  -  05 Dec 2012


    Made these yesterday, my first ever gingerbread men at forty!!- great recipe, love that they actually are chewy, will definitely be making again!  -  10 Mar 2014


    A must try recipe but be warned they are very addictive.This was my first time making gingerbread men, the recipe was easy to follow and I was very happy with the results. My youngest is only 2 and loved helping to make them, in fact my husband and children have asked for more. Thank you for such a brilliant recipe.  -  08 Sep 2013