Gingerbread men

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 15 mins cooking
  • Makes 14 Item
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Gingerbread men
  • 1/4 cup (90ml) golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 gram unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/4 cup (335g) plain flour, sifted
  • currants, glace cherries, to decorate


Gingerbread men
  • 1
    Combine golden syrup, sugar and spices in a heatproof bowl.
  • 2
    Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until sugar dissolves, then stir in bicarbonate of soda. Remove from heat as soon as mixture bubbles.
  • 3
    Place butter in a large mixing bowl. Add golden syrup mixture; stir until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • 4
    Add egg and 1 cup of flour; mix well. Add remaining flour and, using hands, bring dough together.
  • 5
    Knead dough gently on a lightly floured surface until soft and smooth. Halve dough and wrap each half in plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.
  • 6
    Preheat oven to moderate, 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and line two baking trays.
  • 7
    Roll half of dough between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick. Using a 12cm gingerbread man cutter, cut out 14 shapes. Place on prepared trays. Re-knead offcuts; chill before rolling out again. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 8
    To decorate, press in currants for eyes and buttons, and a sliver of glace cherry for mouths.
  • 9
    Bake biscuits 10-15 minutes, until starting to colour and firm to touch. Cool on wire racks before serving.