Gingerbread Boys

    2 hours 25 min

    These are the best gingerbread men I've ever eaten. This gingerbread recipe doesn't call for all the treacle common in many recipes. They have a nice light flavour with a hint of orange.

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    Serves: 60 

    • 225g butter, softened
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
    • 2 tablespoons treacle
    • 375g plain flour
    • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr25min 

    1. Cream the butter and the sugar together. Add the egg and mix well. Mix in the orange zest and treacle. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves and salt, mixing until well combined. Chill dough for at least 2 hours, I like to chill overnight.
    2. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Grease baking trays. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to .5cm thick. Cut into desired shapes using biscuit cutters. Place biscuits 2 to 3cm apart on the prepared baking trays.
    3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookies are firm and lightly toasted on the edges.

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    Used different ingredients. I don't like treacle so used golden syrup instead. Just a personal taste thing with me.  -  22 Dec 2010


    Absolutely delicious recipe! Flavour with the orange and cloves is a nice twist. They turned out really well. Although for some reason the mixture above was really wet so I needed to add significantly more flour so it was more dough like.  -  25 Dec 2009


    Love this recipe with the hint of orange and cloves combining really well with the ginger. Tastes of cold winter nights by a warm fire. The mixture for me was fine, didn't find it too wet unlike other review - but flour amount may of be changed since then.  -  22 Dec 2010