Gingerbread men are such a classic item to bake and there is no limit on your creativity. When I used to make them with my children when they were younger, we baked the gingerbread together then I gave them pots of smarties, sprinkles and icing and let them do the decorating themselves.
This recipe is delicious and not overpowering on the ginger so perfect for your little ones. It also freezes really well as a dough before cooking. So I often cook half and pop half in the freezer for when I have no time but need a quick snack for the children.
320g plain flour
100g dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons of syrup
4 level teaspoons of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
Preheat the oven to 170c.
Combine the flour, ginger, bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and mix well.
In a saucepan place the butter, sugar and syrup and melt over a gentle heat. Stir until it has melted but don’t let it boil.
Pour this into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until it forms a dough.
Sprinkle your worktop with a little flour and roll your dough until it is around 5mm thick, it will crack a little but that’s normal and will disappear in baking.
Cut out shapes using a gingerbread man cutter or any other cutter you have.
Place on a greased baking tray.
Cook for approximately 10 mins.
Cool on a wire rack to allow the gingerbread men to harden.
Once completely cool, get creative and decorate as you like.
I hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as my family do, and please do send me your pictures.