Gingerbread boys and girls

    55 min

    These gingerbread biscuits can be hung on the tree by using a skewer to make a hole in the top of the biscuit. You can also make paint out of egg yolks, and food colouring to make them more colourful -- use as much food colouring as needed to create desired hue. My girls and I would spend hours making these biscuits each Christmas so we could hang them on the tree.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 75g butter
    • 200g dark brown soft sugar
    • 350ml treacle
    • 160ml cold water
    • 875g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon crushed cloves (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 10 drops food colouring
    • 1/2 teaspoon water
    • 125g sultanas

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Mix butter, brown sugar and treacle thoroughly. Stir in 160ml water. Blend flour, bicarb, salt and spices; stir into treacle mixture. Chill for about 1 hour.
    2. Roll the dough about .5cm thick. Cut with boy and girl shaped cutters.
    3. Make egg yolk paint by blending egg yolks and 1/2 teaspoon water. Divide the yolk among a few small bowls, and add food colouring to each for desired colour. Paint the clothes and decorations on the biscuits as desired. Carefully transfer to a lightly greased baking tray. Using a skewer, make a hole in the top of each biscuit. Press sultanas into dough for eyes, nose, mouth. Use bits of glace cherries for coat buttons, and strips of citron for ties.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas mark 4 for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then carefully remove from baking tray.

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    these were fun to make and tasted great. i didn't paint them but used royal icing to make little shirts and trousers. i used currants for eyes and buttons. fab - thanks so much for the recipe.  -  04 Dec 2008


    Great recipe! A true gingerbread. The painting was fun, my husband and I enjoyed it.  -  16 Dec 2008


    not sure what went wrong but it makes more than 12 more like 1200! the mixture was too sticky to roll out i had to halve the mixture and even then i used nearly half a bag of flour to try and stop it sticking to everything in sight complete nightmare i should of realised how much mixture it makes when it said nearly 2lb of flour!!!  -  01 Aug 2011