Saturday, 22 December 2012

Gingerbread Men for Christmas

A little Master chef in the making?
Don't ask me why I only make gingerbread men at Christmas time because I do love them - my daughters whip them up for their children all year round as a morning treat or after kindergarten "stopper".  They are also lovely as a "take away" for guests at children's parties, iced and decorated, wrapped in cellophane bags and tied with pretty ribbon, as my son did for his daughter's birthday last week. Kids big and small just love them.

125g butter
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup golden syrup
1 egg lightly beaten
2 + 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

What to do

Melt the butter in a bowl
Beat in the golden syrup and sugar
In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients
Add the egg and liquids and mix
Turn onto a floured board and knead gently to form a ball
Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.

Preheat the oven to 160 C.
Roll out the dough
Using a gingerbread man cutter - cut about 12 little men
Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.
Buttons can be made from currents or anything you fancy - (we attached smarties with a little icing after they had cooled)
Bake for about 10 mins or until lightly brown
Leave on the baking tray for about 5 mins then using a palette knife transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
Other decoration can be made with some royal icing or an icing pen. Or marked with a knife before they are put into the oven.
Store in an airtight container

I love this "angry business" man - all the gingerbread men that were given out at the end of the party all had different characters - this was mine! He went down very well with a cup of tea.

I am entering this in the Random Recipe Challenge for December over at Belleau Kitchen as this recipe is from a book given to me last   Christmas -a Reader's Digest composite "Like Grandma Used to Make" this book has struggled to come down off the bookshelf due to its very old fashioned style and photography, but it is certainly good for making these gingerbread men.


  1. they are adorable!... I love them 'nude' in the box, they look very innocent. It's a nice simple recipe too and a great one for all the family... adorable last picture too of the grumpy sad gingerbread man... thanks so much for entering... have a wonderful christmas x

    1. Thanks Dom - looking forward to your challenges again in 2013!

  2. These are so much fun - great to include the kids as well. Have a lovely Christmas and best wishes for 2013! :) x

    1. Thanks Susie, love having the kids cook with me. Have a wonderful Christmas and see you again in 2013.

  3. They are gorgeous and I love how you baked them with your little helpers. Merry Christmas to you and all your family xx

    1. Thanks Charlie, helpers are so much fun especially at Christmas. Looking forward to reading your blog in 2013.

  4. That's a good question - why only make them at Christmas cos they are fun and they are tasty. (My favourite one was a little guy with terrible hair and red underpants who reminded me of The Hoff - I bought it to star in pride of place in a friend's Xmas hamper). I bet your grandkids had great fun making them. Have a wonderful Christmas and joy for 2013.

  5. Merry Christmas to you too Hester - see you in 2013! Stay fit and healthy and cooking up a storm.

  6. Didn't get around to gingerbread anything this year - love the grumpy businessman.

    1. What a shame - never mind there will still be next year - but what about a New Year Gingerbread House?

  7. These look fantastic - festive and fun :-) Love the little kitchen helper too!

    1. Thanks Ruth - my little helper is adorable and she can eat plenty of gingerbread men!

  8. So cute. I'd love to make these with my daughter when she gets older.

  9. Such fun - so little work for so much reward. Thank you for popping by.