Gingerbread Men

As a parent, you always try to find kid-friendly, enjoyable-for-all recipes. As a baker and a mother, I always try to find a recipe which is fuss-free and easy enough to rope the kids into – without creating too much mess and which wouldn’t flop due to the overhandling that is sure to happen due to kids excitement. Alas, I have found another recipe, perfect for kids to sharpen their baking skills with. It also has so many fun steps for them – creating the dough, pressing out the gingerbread men and later on, decorating them!

I’ve thrown in an extra bit of spices to create a spicier cookie, if you prefer it milder, simply adjust the amount of ginger and cinnamon.

Ingredients:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 125g butter (at room temperature), cut into small pieces
  • 200g Natura Sugars golden caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 large egg

Method:

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and the sugar and rub the butter with your fingertips until it is absorbed and the mixture has a sandy texture.
  • Gently beat the egg. Mix in the syrup using a wooden spoon, and gradually add enough of the beaten egg to make a fairly stiff and smooth dough. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap in clingwrap then pop into the fridge to firm up for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Roll out the dough to 5mm thickness. Cut the biscuits into your desired shapes and place on the prepared baking trays.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 2-3 minutes, then allow to cool completely on wired racks.
  • Decorate as desired and enjoy!

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