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ginger bread men biscuits
Ginger Bread Men Biscuits
Preparation time: 30-60 mins
Cooking time: 10-30 mins
Makes: 15-20

Ingredients:
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g butter
  • 175g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

Decoration tips:
  • Keep it simple: For a more traditional feel, keep it simple and use red, white and green writing icing.
  • Indulge your sweet-tooth: Use traditional cake decorations or some less traditional sweets to add some excitement to your gingerbread men.
  • Gingerbread snowmen: You can top your gingerbread men with desiccated coconut to create your own snowmen
  • A healthy option: Why not use fruit such as chopped up banana or blueberries as a healthy alterative to sweets?
Method:

1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon together and pour into a large bowl. Add the butter, blending it into the mix until your mix looks like bread crumbs. Now, stir in the sugar.

2. Beat together the egg and golden syrup before adding to the bowl and stirring until the mixture begins to clump together.

3. Tip your dough onto a board and knead until it is smooth, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 10-15 mins.

4. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Prepare your baking trays with greaseproof paper.

5. Lightly flour a chopping board or other hard surface. Roll out your dough to about half a centimetre’s thickness. Cut out your gingerbread men (or go wild and create stars, trees and all sorts of other Christmas shapes) and place them on a baking tray, leaving gaps between them.

6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown.

7. Leave to cool and decorate.