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Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread men and reindeer.

Gingerbread is a warm lightly spiced cookie that can be enjoyed all year round, but it's especially popular at Christmas time. It's a dough that can easily be rolled and cut with cookie cutters or shaped with a template to create a simple gingerbread house.

You can turn the gingerbread cookies upside down to create festive gingerbread reindeer!


Makes approximately 40 medium sized gingerbread men

  • 380g (13 oz) flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 100g (3 oz) brown sugar
  • 150g (5 oz) golden syrup
  • 150g (5 oz) butter
  • 1 egg
  • A pinch of salt


  • Cream the butter, sugar and golden syrup together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and beat well.
  • Add the cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt. Mix together well using a spatula.
  • Add the flour, and work it in until the mixture comes together in a soft dough.
  • Wrap the dough in cling wrap or a silicone mat and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll dough out to 3mm (1/8″) thickness. Cut out gingerbread men using a cookie cutter.
  • Arrange on a baking paper lined oven tray, and bake at 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit) for approximately 15 minutes, or until golden.
  • When cold, ice with melted chocolate or royal icing and decorate as desired.

 Royal Icing


  • 1 egg white
  • 250g (9 oz) icing sugar (approximately)
  • A squeeze of lemon juice


  • Beat the egg white until stiff.
  • Add the icing sugar a little at a time, mixing well until a peak can be held.
  • Mix in the lemon juice.
  • Add more icing sugar if necessary, until peaks can be held again.