Gingerbread men

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By MrsWeasley

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  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

  • 175g light muscovado sugar

  • 2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 eggs beaten

  • 100g margarine

  • 1 handful currants to decorate

  • 350g plain flour


  1. Heat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5 and lightly grease three baking trays.
  2. Measure the flour, bicarbonate and ginger into a bowl. Rub in the margarine until it resembles fine breadcrumbs, and then stir in the sugar.
  3. Add the syrup and beaten egg to the flour mixture and mix to form smooth dough, kneading lightly with the hands towards the end. It may be easier to handle if it has has been chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes but this isn’t essential.
  4. Roll out the dough, half at a time, on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
  5. Cut out using a gingerbread man cutter, or any other cutter, and place on the prepared baking trays. Use currants for eyes and buttons.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until it's a slightly darker shade.
  7. Cool slightly then lift on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Additional Information

  • Nut Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Snack

  • Biscuit and sweets

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • Can Freeze

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  • branmuffin 14/04/10 11:10

    Great simple recipe and good results. My 2 year old was literally eating handfuls of the dough! We had a nice time naming each gingerbread boy/girl.

  • Earthstar 16/02/10 14:34

    Gas mark 5 is 190C if you have electric

  • lissielovessparklers 06/11/09 16:32

    lovely, easy to make and v christmassy (we are going to make some every week)

  • 26/08/09 16:10

    Great recipe, the kids loved helping and they turned out really well, though we used play-doh cutters so the finished result looked a bit odd! I cooked them in a pre-heated fan oven at 180C and they were only took 8-9 minutes.

  • psl78 06/07/09 11:02

    Worked a treat the kids and missus loved these although i used cinnamon instead of ginger

  • Podrick 01/03/09 11:06

    These are the first biscuits I ever made and a huge hit - thank you for the recipe! I put all the ingredients in my Kenwood mixer at the same time and it works fine.

  • musttryharder 24/10/08 11:02

    fantastic recipe, always works even when the kids are 'helping' have just made a battalion (?) of Daleks to take to the end of term cake sale at school.

  • Carmenere 17/07/08 21:50

    This is a great recipe, I have just used it to make biscuits for the school picnic and they have turned out very well indeed. I didn't have any golden syrup but I substituted honey and it worked well.

  • MrsWeasley 17/01/08 10:05

    This is a Weasley family favourite. Mixture can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until ready or can be frozen. I usually keep a batch in the freezer to "entertain" the children when they have friends over. Instead of cutting shapes the children can make small balls of dough (these will melt down to become round cookies.) The cooked gingerbread men can also be frozen.