Traditional Gingerbread Men

I love Gingerbread Men any time, but of course they must form part of the Christmas Fayre. These cute little figures are so easy to make and great fun for involving the kids.

I have only decorated mine with white royal icing, but why not buy some coloured sugar balls and the kids can decorate however they like.  You could go to town and add some edible glitter to make them even more Christmasy; or colour the icing. You can find in the bakery section of your supermarket an array of decorations, including icing pens.

Gingerbread Men

Cute little snappy spicy biscuits

Course Snack
Cuisine British
Keyword Biscuits, Crunch, Spiced
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Servings 40 biscuits
Calories 80 kcal
Author SharonBye


  • 350 gm Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Ground ginger
  • 125 gm Unsalted butter cut into small knobs
  • 175 gm Soft dark brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp Golden syrup
  • 1 Large Egg


  • Royal Icing
  • Writing Icing
  • Other decorations as required


  1. Pre-heat oven on 160 or Gas 4.

  2. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda cinnamon and ginger together in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Add the butter, and rub in with your hands until you have mixture resembling breadcrumbs.

  4. Thoroughly mix in the sugar.

  5. In a seperate bowl, whisk the egg and golden syrup together and then add to the dry mix.

  6. Bring the mixture together to form a dough. Once the mixture has started to clump together it may be easier to turn onto a clean work surface and knead it to incorporate all the mixture.

  7. Place the dough in the fridge, covered or popped into a plastic pot with a lid. Leave to chill for at least 30 minutes.

  8. Your dough will keep well in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.

  9. Roll the dough out to about 0.5 cm. Use cutters to cut out your required shapes and lay spaced out on a baking tray onto which you have laid parchment sheet or baking paper.

    I made about 40, but of course this will depend on the size of your

  10. Bake for around 9 minutes. The biscuits will be browner but still soft. Place carefully on a baking rack to cool and they will then crisp up once cooled.

  11. Decorate as required.

Nutrients based on 40 biscuits

Calories 80, Fat 3 g, Carbs 15 g, Protein 1 g

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