Gingerbread men recipe
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Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:How to make gingerbread men

30ml full cream milk

50ml golden syrup

125g butter (unsalted)

1 egg

750g cake flour

125ml brown sugar

5ml bicarbonate of soda

5ml ground cinnamon

10ml ground ginger

3ml salt


Royal icing:

1 egg white

10ml lemon juice

250g icing sugar



Jelly tots



How to make gingerbread men:


Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 180C.


Step 2:

Line a baking sheet with baking paper.


Step 3:

Heat the milk, golden syrup and butter together in a glass jug in the microwave for one minute. Leave it to cool and add one egg.


Step 4:

Sift all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.Gingerbread Men Recipe


Step 5:

Add the egg mixture and mix to form a smooth dough.


Step 6:

Cover the dough with clingwrap and refrigerate for half an hour.


Step 7:

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of 3mm.


Step 8:

Cut out the gingerbread men with a cookie cutter.

Tip: Use a straw to make a hole through the head to hang them on a Christmas tree.


Step 9:

Arrange the gingerbread men on the prepared baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes.


Step 10:

Cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.Gingerbread Man Baking


How to make royal icing and decorate:


Step 1:

Combine the lemon juice and egg whites and mix with a wire whisk for 20 seconds.


Step 2:

In a stand mixer, combine the lemon juice and egg white mixture with the sugar, adding the sugar a little at a time.


Step 3:

Decorate the gingerbread men with sweets and secure with royal icing.


Did you know?


  • The first English recorded recipe for gingerbread was created in 1390. Initially the recipe involved soaking stale breadcrumbs in ginger and honey.
  • Communities used gingerbread to commemorate holidays and celebrations because the mixture was so easy to mold into a wide variety of images suitable for every occasion.
  • In the North East of England it became traditional for young women to eat gingerbread “husbands” on Halloween to supernaturally attract men.
  • Witches used gingerbread men like voodoo dolls. They would bake figures that represented their enemies and eat them.
  • In 1607 the magistrates of Delft in the Netherlands made it illegal to bake or eat the biscuits.
  • In Germany you had to belong to a gingerbread guild if you wanted to bake gingerbread men.
  • Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III had gingerbread molded in his likeness as a sort of mass marketing political campaign.
  • Queen Elizabeth I commissioned life-sized gingerbread sculptures of her favourite suitors and courtiers to impress her guests.
  • The English tradition of gingerbread men made its way to North America via English colonists, who shaped honey-spice cookies like politicians.