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Gingerbread men

Yesterday I made some gingerbread cookies with my nanny boys. We used the cookie cutters we bought from John Lewis a few days ago, the snowman and the christmas tree one. But we also used the usual gingerbread man cutter, a star and of course a train cutter (train lovers my nanny children).

I have never made gingerbread before, I never thought it could be so easy.

This is a great educational christmas activity, so I highly recommend.

You need:

  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 125g butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 free range egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • writing icing to decorate
  • decorations to decorate (we just used chocolate balls)

Method:

Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

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Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

(We didn’t use a food processor. We started off with a whisk, then decided to switch to kneading with our hands instead! Still did the job fine)

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. For decorations, use a skewer to make a small hole in the top of each biscuit.

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Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.

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