Over the weekend whilst Daddy was at his work’s Christmas party, me and O decided to have some festive fun ourselves – we made and decorated some gingerbread men biscuits! Our recipe made more than 20 gingerbread men and we have 2 left I think! We definitely be making some more on Christmas Eve as a Christmas activity – it filled the apartment with that beautiful warming ginger and baking smell and I will need to more stuff my face with during the Christmas holidays!
O loved measuring out the ingredients and mixing everything together, and of course using the gingerbread man cutter to cut his gingerbread men out. We placed them in the oven just before his nap which gave them enough time to bake and cool ready to decorate when he woke up. The best part for O without a doubt was the decorating part. He loved using the icing tube (with my help) and sticking on his sweets to decorate his gingerbread men.
350g plain flour
1-2 tsp ground ginger
100g butter or margarine
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
175g light brown sugar (we used half white and half dark sugar as we didn’t have any light brown sugar in)
4 tbsp golden syrup
Decorations – smarties, m&ms, jelly sweets
Icing – we used a Silver Spoon white icing pen available in the baking sections in some supermarkets (Lulu’s, Sultan Center)
What we did:
- Place the flour, ginger and bicarbonate soda into a bowl.
- Rub in the butter.
- Add the sugar and stir in the egg and syrup to form a dough.
- Roll out to about 5mm thick and cut out the gingerbread men.
- Bake at 190 degrees (gas mark 5) on greased baking trays for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
- Once cooled start the decorating!
*Remember to spread the gingerbread men out on the baking trays as they will get bigger and spread as they bake.
* This recipe makes about 20 gingerbread men.