Cute Cookies for Kids of all Sizes: Gingerbread Men

For the past four years, I’ve been making gingerbread men at Christmas. It’s become a new tradition of mine as I love sharing them to friends and family.

2014 was no different. I decided to make them for my work colleagues and I’m pretty sure they enjoyed the soft gingerbread goodness.

The recipe below is my regular gingerbread recipe. It can be used with either regular flour or gluten free flour – and they still taste really good when you make the gluten free version!

Gingerbread men are really easy to make. The ingredients are also easy to come by and most people already have them in their cupboard. This is a fun recipe to make either by yourself, with friends or even with kids. Just make sure that the kids don’t eat all the cookie dough… Ok, I have to admit that I might also nibble on the dough when rolling out my gingerbread men!

Gingerbread men also make great gifts. You can bundle some up together and wrap them up in cellophane to give friends, family or even work colleagues a cute little Christmas gift.

Ingredients:

  • 125g butter, room temperature. Margarine can also be used as a substitute.
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 & 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • Extra plain flour for dusting
  • Extra butter for greasing
  • Icing decorations and lollies such as Smarties
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease two baking trays with butter and set aside.
2. Use and electric mixer to beat brown sugar and butter in bowl until it turns light and creamy. Add in the egg yolk and golden syrup on a medium speed. Fold in sifted flour, bicarb, ginger, cinnamon and allspice. You will need to start to use your hands to ensure mixture is fully mixed.

3. Lightly dust a clean and dry bench surface with flour. Transfer mixture to bench and knead until smooth. Knead into a round ball and begin to roll out with a rolling pin. Roll until it is about 5mm thick.

4. Use gingerbread men cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Place on baking tray about 2cm apart. Roll up excess dough, roll out with rolling pin and cut out more shapes. Continue until all dough is used.

5. Bake in oven for about 10 mins until they are slightly brown. If you prefer harder cookies, then bake for at least another 5 more minutes. My recipe is for softer cookies because they are the kind I like πŸ˜‰

6. Once cooked, carefully remove gingerbread men from baking tray and place on wire rack to cool.

7. Once completely cooled, the decoration time begins! You can be as creative as you like! I like to use icing decorator pens and smarties for my decorations, but there are plenty of different lollies and candy it’s that you can use to bring your gingerbread men to life.

Here’s my most recent designs:

For more Christmas DIY projects, check out my post on my DIY Bauble Christmas Wreath

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