Never-fail gingerbread men recipe

‘Tis the season for gingerbread biscuits and what better way to entertain the kids is there than getting them all hands-on in the kitchen? I share with you a very manageable, very easy gingerbread recipe which is guaranteed to keep little hands busy and little tummies full!

You can’t go wrong with kids and gingerbread – they love to grip a cookie cutter and if my kitchen floor could talk, it’d tell you they love to decorate them just as much. This gingerbread recipe is a cinch to whip up – I love the Thermomix Recipe Community recipe, but I want you to know, it’s just as easy to make using the stove top (stove top instructions below) – you’ll just have a few extra dishes.

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Ingredients

120g butter
100g brown sugar
130g golden syrup
1 egg yolk
1½ tbs ground ginger
1½ tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarb soda
370g plain flour

Thermomix method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place syrup, sugar, butter, mixed spice and ginger into mixing bowl and mix for 5 minutes / 50° / speed 2.
  3. Add egg and mix 3 seconds / speed 3.
  4. Add flour and bicarb and mix 10 seconds / speed 5 until combined.
  5. Knead on knead setting for 2 minutes.
  6. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  7. Place the dough on a sheet of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a floured cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
  8. Bake for 8 -10 minutes, let sit on tray for a couple of minutes then carefully transfer onto cooling rack.

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Stove top method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place syrup, sugar, butter, mixed spice and ginger into saucepan and heat on medium low heat, stirring until butter has melted. Transfer to large mixing bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Add egg and mix until combined.
  4. Add sifted flour and bicarb and mix until combined.
  5. Mix or knead lightly for two minutes.
  6. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  7. Place the dough on a sheet of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a floured cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
  8. Bake for 8 -10 minutes, let sit on tray for a couple of minutes then carefully transfer onto cooling rack.

A manageable dough size, this recipe yields 24 gingerbread men – so the kids won’t get bored and you won’t be stuck in the kitchen all day making biscuits! Decorate with royal icing, or lightly press Smarties into the dough shape before baking. In an attempt to keep it real, see below the image of my youngster’s effort to decorate while left to his own devices. Just warning you what might occur when you throw decorating caution to the wind!

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Find more great ideas for Christmas cooking in our Christmas section.

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