Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men

 

These are a great recipe to make with the kids. They love to cut out the shapes and even more than that they love to decorate them. It makes for a fun play date activity that gets everyone in the festive mood for Christmas.

Ingredients:

      • 125g unsalted butter, softened
      • 60g soft brown sugar
      • 90g golden syrup
      • 1 egg, lightly beaten (if you have allergies or like me ran out of eggs it seems you can omit this and it still works!)
      • 250g plain flour
      • 30g self raising flour
      • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • Decorations – currants, M&Ms, icing pens

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160C and line baking trays

2. Cream the butter, sugar and syrup until light and fluffy. Add egg (if you have it) and beat. Sift in dry ingredients and mix with a knife until combined.

3. Flour your hands and surface and knead the dough until smooth. Roll out between two sheets of baking paper and place onto a baking tray or chopping board and refrigerate until it firms up.

4. Cut the dough into shapes. We did stars, people and Christmas trees. Re-roll your dough and chill if it gets too soft to easily pick up your shapes.

5. If you are using currants as eyes pop these on and then bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Leave to cool.

6. Let the kids go wild with icing pens and Christmas m&ms to decorate the cookies. My tip is that if your eyes fall off, just turn them into pirates. Oh, and maybe set a rule of how many m&ms can go on each cookie.

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