Gingerbread guys and gals

This moreish and gently spiced gingerbread guys and gals recipe makes the perfect morsels to enjoy this festive season! Share as gifts or enjoy as part of your Christmas dessert spread

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 12 mins cooking
  • Makes 40
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Gingerbread guys and gals
  • 3 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 200 gram butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • pink and silver cachous, to decorate
Royal icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice


Gingerbread guys and gals
  • 1
    Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Combine butter, syrup and egg in a small bowl. Stir the butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Knead dough until smooth.
  • 2
    Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Roll one piece of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until about 3mm thick. Slide dough in baking paper onto a tray. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Repeat twice with remaining dough.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 3 oven trays with baking paper.
  • 4
    Peel baking paper from top of dough, then place back on dough. Turn over and remove top paper. Cut out dough with a 7cm gingerbread cutter, lift with a palette knife and place about 3cm apart on prepared trays. Knead scraps together and re-roll. Repeat.
  • 5
    Bake in batches for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays.
Royal icing
  • 6
    In a small bowl with an electric mixer, beat egg white until foamy. Beat in icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat in juice.
  • 7
    Decorate gingerbread with royal icing and cachous as shown.


  • Make dough ahead of time, wrap in cling film and chill or freeze.