Christmas is fast approaching, so it’s time for some Christmas baking to get us in the spirit of the season. My eldest son loves cooking, and was jumping for joy to make some Gingerbread men, Christmas trees and Reindeer biscuits (he would have used every cookie cutter in my drawer if he was given the chance. Anyone fancy a gingerbread pirate ship?!)
Gingerbread Men Biscuit Recipe
- 125 grams of Butter
- 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup
- 185 grams of Caster Sugar
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- 350 grams of Self Raising Flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Ground Ginger
- M&M’s or Smarties, to decorate
- Small rainbow chocolate chips, for decoration
5 steps for making this recipe
- Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius or 320 degree Fahrenheit. Line 4 baking trays with baking paper and set aside.
- Melt the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan. Remove from the heat, and stir in the sugar and egg. Sift in the flour, salt and ginger and mix well.
- On a floured surface (or between 2 sheets of baking paper), roll out a portion of the gingerbread dough with a rolling pin til around 4mm thickness. Using cutters, cut out the shapes and place them on the baking trays. Scrunch up the scrap pieces of dough, and incorporate these with another new portion of dough from the saucepan. (I like to use the dough up bit by bit, working the used scraps into a new portion of dough as I go. If you roll out the whole mixture of dough each time, it develops the gluten and makes a tougher cookie)
- When you have cut out shapes with all the dough it’s time to decorate with the Smarties and chocolate chips. Press these in to the dough shapes slightly.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 8-10 minutes or until a delicate golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.