Is it me or is gingerbread a bit like marmite? ie. You either love it or hate it? My husband detests anything with ginger in it full stop where as I love it. The scent and taste is just so…..Christmassy. And if I didn’t have a few gingerbread men over the festive period I might feel quite bereft. On that subject, why are they always men!?

As it happens ours aren’t just ginger blokes (pah ha ha!) but some cute other shapes too. This recipe is perfection (seriously – I’ve tried a LOT) and if anything it’s not too gingery/overpowering. Feel free to make whatever designs you fancy (I have to avoid the cookie cutter section in Lakeland otherwise I would probably buy them all.)

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  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g cold unsalted butter, cut in to cubes
  • 150g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup


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  • Preheat oven to 180c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Rub the butter in with your fingers until the mixture is sandy in consistency.
  • Stir in the sugar.
  • Whisk the egg and golden syrup and add to the bowl.
  • Mix well until the mixture comes together in to a dough.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 3mm thickness.
  • Cut out your gingerbread men or preferred shapes.
  • Place evenly spaced on the prepared tray.
  • Mark eyes and button decoration with a small knife if required.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Finish with piped icing and decorations as required.
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