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Gingerbread men

These traditional gingerbread men cookies are the perfect festive Christmas food. They are full of warming ginger flavor and make fantastic make ahead Christmas gifts.
Prep Time45 mins
24 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Austalian
Keyword: Christmas, Christmas dessert, Gingerbread, Gingerbread biscuits, Gingerbread cookies, Gingerbread men, Gingerbread stars

Equipment

  • Electric hand beaters or a stand mixer
  • Baking trays
  • Cookie cutters in your preferred shapes i.e. gingerbread men, stars, trees etc.
  • Rolling Pin
  • Piping bag with fine round tip for decorating (optional)

Ingredients

Gingerbread

  • extra butter or margarine to grease several baking trays with.
  • 1 cup (220gms) tightly packed brown or light brown sugar
  • 2 sticks plus 1 tablespoon (250gms) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (250mls) golden syrup
  • 2 egg yokes from large eggs
  • 5 cups (600gms) plan flour *or all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 flat tablespoons ground ginger *reduce to 1 and a half to 2 tablespoons if you like a milder ginger flavor
  • extra plain flour for dusting

For optional decorations

  • 1 cup (120gms) icing or powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white from a large egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • decorations such as M&Ms, smarties or your favorite candy.

Instructions

Gingerbread

  • Preheat oven to 355°F (180°C) (fan forced)
  • Lightly grease two to four baking trays with butter or marge.
  • Add sugar and butter to a bowl and beat together.
  • Add egg yokes and golden syrup and ginger and beat together.
  • You will need to switch to mixing with a large wooden spoon at this point.
  • Sift in bicarb and add flour one cup at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  • Sprinkle a clean worktop well with flour and turn out dough.
  • Sprinkle with additional flour and kneed lightly.
  • Cut dough in half, put half aside.
  • Ensure workbench is well floured. Roll out half of dough until its about 3 to 4 mm thick.
  • Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, transferring to pre-greased baking trays as you go.
  • Try to cut the shapes out on the dough close together to minimize re-rolling. When the first batch is all cut out, ball up the dough and re-roll as needed.
  • Bake in the oven for ten to twelve minutes or until golden brown.
  • As the first batch of gingerbread comes out of the oven transfer to wire racks to cool. roll, cut put in the next batch onto bake.
  • Re-grease the trays and continue to cut and lay gingerbread onto the trays until all the dough is used up.
  • Cool completely before decorating.

Optional decorations

  • Put egg white into a clean bowl and beat until soft white peaks form.
  • Sift icing sugar/powdered sugar into a bowl.
  • Gradually add sifted icing sugar to beaten egg whites, beating well between each addition.
  • Add lemon juice and beat well.
  • Transfer to piping bag if using and decorate gingerbread.
  • Add candy if using for buttons etc.
  • Allow to set, then store in an airtight container or put into clean bags with curling ribbon for beautiful homemade gifts.

Notes

This gingerbread was baking an a fan forced oven at sea level.  All ovens can vary, so adjust the temperature and baking as needed for your oven.
This gingerbread has a strong ginger taste.  If you prefer a milder ginger flavor reduce the amount of ginger to one and half to two tablespoons.
You can decorate the gingerbread or leave it plan as your prefer.
This gingerbread makes excellent make ahead edible Christmas gifts.  It will store well un-iced in an airtight container for up to at least a month and it OK to eat but may become soft for a further month after this.