Easy to make, with lots for the kids to do by themselves. We made gingerbread men and a gingerbread house. You let the kids decide what shape they want their ginger bread.
In comparison with most other gingerbread recipe pages, our pictures look slightly amateur. We make no apologies for this at all. The gingerbread men on this page were mainly crafted, decorated and baked by my six year old! Great fun was had by all of us involved in cooking this recipe.
350g / 12oz plain flour
175g / 6oz light soft brown sugar
100g / 4oz butter
1 medium egg
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 and a half teaspoons of ground ginger - see Advice for Ginger Bread Men below
Sweet, small decorations
Lightly break up the egg with a fork.
Two variables can be easily adjusted to make them exactly how you and your kids prefer. First, we have used only a relatively small amount of ground ginger so that younger kids enjoy the taste. But it's fine to double or even triple the amount of ground ginger if you want to make a stronger tasting biscuit.
The second variable is the thickness you roll out the pastry. We suggest a thickness of about 5mm. This gives a biscuit which has a little crunch to it but is also reasonably soft in the middle. To get a crisper gingerbread man simply roll out the pastry thinner, or thicker if you want a softer biscuit.
This recipe was written by David Marks. Recipe tested out on Anthony and Simon, our resident food tasters!
Put the flour, butter, ground ginger and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl. Mix it all together with fingertips until crumbly. Add sugar, syrup and egg and mix until it forms a firm pastry mix.STEP 2
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C / fan 170°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5.
Using the rolling pin, roll out the pastry to about 5mm thick. Make sure the surface and the rolling pin are well dusted with flour. Cut out the shapes with a knife and/or pastry cutter.STEP 3
Place the cut out pastry on a greased and non-stick baking tray, each 2cm apart to allow for them spreading out.
Put the baking trays in the pre-heated oven (see step 2). Remove after 15 minutes (check after 10 minutes to ensure it doesn't burn).STEP 4
Find a selection of anything you like to decorate the gingerbread men and house.
We used cake icing with raisins, chocolate chips and edible silver balls.
Decorations for Ginger Bread men
Put a blob of icing on the gingerbread men where you want a decoration to stick. The kids enjoy this decoration stage best.