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Sweet Gingerbread Men

December 12, 2015 | By

 

Sweet Gingerbread Men

“Feel like I’m made out of gingerbread
Uh huh (uh huh) uh huh (uh huh)
Crumb pickin’ lip lickin’ gingerbread
Uh huh (uh huh) uh huh (uh huh)
Can’t think about rainy weather now
I’ve finally got myself together now
Fresh out of the pan sweet gingerbread man
Fresh out of the pan sweet gingerbread man”

Sweet Gingerbread Man – music by Michel Legrand, Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman

I love that song and I love to make and eat Gingerbread Men.  Everyone has their own Christmas baking traditions and making Gingerbread Men is mine.  My gran and my mum both used to make gingerbread men, indeed my gran gave me her gingerbread man cutter once she had stopped baking, however I found this smaller cutter last year and the cookies are a more manageable size.  

What are your Christmas baking traditions? 

Gingerbread Men
Yields 20
Crunchy gingerbread biscuits (cookies) cut in the shape of little people.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tbsp Golden Syrup
  2. 100g (4oz) butter
  3. 225g (8oz) soft light brown sugar
  4. 1 egg beaten
  5. 450g (1lb) plain flour
  6. 1 tbsp ground ginger
  7. 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Instructions
  1. Place syrup, butter and sugar in a large saucepan. Heat gently until melted.
  2. Remove saucepan from heat leave for 5 minutes to cool slightly, add the egg and sift the flour ginger and bicarbonate of soda on to the syrup mixture.
  3. Beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed and smooth ball.
  4. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes or until mixture is cool enough to handle, then transfer mixture to work surface and knead lightly.
  5. Roll out out thinly and cut out the gingerbread men with a cutter.
  6. Reroll the trimmings and cut more figures.
  7. Place shapes on to baking sheets covered with baking parchment.
  8. Mark the eyes, mouth and buttons with a small knife (see notes for my tips)
  9. Cook at 180C, 350F, Gas 4 for 10 minutes
  10. Remove from the oven, and leave on the trays for a few minutes until the biscuits firm then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
  1. If you roll the dough and cut out directly onto the baking parchment it is less likely to stick
  2. I use cake decorating tools to mark the features on the gingerbread men
  3. You can store the biscuits in an air tight tin or plastic box for about a month, but they also freeze well and you can keep them for 3 months. You may need to refresh them in a hot oven for a couple of minutes to make them crisp again.
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Gingerbread Men

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    December 14, 2015

    I’m feeling very nostalgic – I don’t think I’ve eaten a gingerbread man since … well, I can’t actually remember. That’s a lovely traditional bake. I’m jealous of your family baking traditions. I can’t claim to have any of those although for the last 10 years or so I’ve made biscotti at this time of year. (That’s more to do with my love of dessert wine than any tradition, though).
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      Janice Pattie
      December 19, 2015

      Aw, thanks Phil. Nice to hear that you are starting your own tradition.

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      Janice Pattie
      December 19, 2015

      Thanks Caroline, they will soon be eaten when my family arrive for Christmas!

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    Sammie
    December 7, 2016

    Ooh I love here sweet Gingerbread men. I haven’t actually got round to baking gingerbread yet this year so have Pinned ready to make.
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      Janice Pattie
      December 7, 2016

      Thanks Sammie, I’m sure you will enjoy making and eating them!

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