Gingerbread men and reindeer

These gingerbread biscuits don’t take a lot of time to make and decorating them is a fun and festive activity for the kids. They’re also great as a little edible gift. This recipes makes 20 biscuits.

Tip: You’ll need ready-made writing icing to decorate the shapes or you can make your own line icing by mixing four egg whites with 900g (32oz) of icing sugar. Add a little water, if needed, as your icing should be the texture of toothpaste. You could also use water and icing sugar to make the icing but it won’t be as thick.

Ingredients

  Metric  Cups  Imperial 

  • 125 g butter
  • 100 g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 325 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 4.4 oz butter
  • 3.5 oz dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 11.5 oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 4.4 oz butter
  • 3.5 oz dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 11.5 oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger

Details

  • Cuisine: Christmas
  • Recipe Type: Gingerbread
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Preparation Time: 25 mins
  • Cooking Time: 10 mins
  • Serves: 10

Step-by-step

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3.
  2. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a saucepan then remove from heat. Sieve in the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger, then stir together to make a stiff dough.
  3. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm (3/16in) thick. Cut about 18–20 gingerbread men with cutters and bake on two large lined baking trays for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  4. Decorate with icing to add eyes, nose and mouth. Turn the gingerbread men upside-down for the reindeer and add antlers, ears and face.
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