Gingerbread men with fresh ginger

    28 min

    This is a lighter gingerbread biscuit recipe using freshly grated ginger instead of the powdered variety. The result is a lighter biscuit, both in taste and colour. If you really like intense ginger flavour, you can increase the amount stated by another teaspoon.

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    Makes: 16 gingerbread men

    • 125g butter
    • 3 tablespoons honey
    • 180g caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon grated fresh root ginger
    • 320g self-raising flour, sifted
    • 2 pinches ground cinnamon
    • To decorate
    • 130g icing sugar
    • dried currants
    • glace cherries

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Ready in:28min 

    1. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
    2. Melt the butter and honey together in the microwave. Stir well, then combine with the sugar and egg in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the freshly grated ginger.
    3. Sift in the flour and cinnamon. Stir till the mixture is just combined. Turn onto a floured board, knead lightly and roll out to 5mm thick. Cut out into gingerbread man shapes, or any shape desired. Place on prepared tray.
    4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or till lightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool on tray.
    5. To decorate, combine the icing sugar with just enough hot water to make a smooth, spreadable icing. Add water 1 teaspoon at a time.
    6. Spread cooled icing over the cooled gingerbread men, then dot with currants and cherries to make eyes and buttons.

    Biscuit tip

    Chilling the dough before rolling and cutting out the gingerbread men will result in cleaner, more defined edges on your biscuits. You can chill the dough for an hour, or even up to overnight.

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    They came out delicious. We used 2 teaspoons of ginger but only due to personal preference. Our 2 year old had lots of fun making them!  -  10 Jul 2016


    Really scrummy! Definitely lighter but the taste still has a little of the ginger heat - perfect!  -  25 May 2016


    i just made this with my children aged 3 and 18 mths and we all had heaps of fun. the recipe is easy and i had everything required in the cupboard and it taste great. we will be making this again very soon. we also didn't bother about icing them we just had them plain.  -  11 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)