Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread men, and I feel that Gingerbread men have been forgotten about with new creations coming into action all the time. However, they are the easiest thing to make and they taste great. What I also love about them is that their great for the whole family because there is no mess when you eat them, they can become decorations or even a nice gift.
350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
1 free-range egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
Firstly, sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon together and pour into the bowl of a food processor or a normal bowl. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. mix in the sugar.
Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. For decorations, use a skewer to make a small hole in the top of each biscuit.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate.