Spicy gingerbread men

    30 min

    Adorable and edible spicy gingerbread men. This is the only recipe we have ever used.

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    Serves: 30 

    • 100g butter
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 125ml treacle
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 250g sifted plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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

    1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in treacle and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, bicarb, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg; blend into the treacle mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ½cm thickness. Cut into desired shapes with biscuit cutters. Place biscuits 5cm apart on ungreased baking trays.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks. Ice or decorate when cool.

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    Spicy gingerbread men
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    Altered ingredient amounts. Doubled the ginger! - Perfect!  -  04 Dec 2010


    Altered ingredient amounts. I made normal round biscuits rather then the 'men', and gave them a sprinkle of sugar to finish, YUMMY!!  -  18 Nov 2009


    Really delicious biscuits, will bake a second batch tomorrow! Dough is a bit challenging though, would advise to leave in the fridge a bit longer, and definitely roll to .5 cm like stated in the recipe.  -  14 Nov 2010