Gingerbread Men Recipe

(20 ratings)
Sending your rating






40 min


30 min


  • 600g (1lb 7oz) plain flour
  • ½tsp salt
  • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • ½tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½tsp ground nutmeg
  • 200g (7oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g (7oz)soft light brown sugar
  • 150g (5oz) golden syrup
  • 1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 250g (9oz) icing sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • ½tsp lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven to 170C,150C fan, gas 3. Sift the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and spices into a large bowl.

  • In a separate bowl using an electric whisk beat the butter, sugar and golden syrup until pale and creamy. Add the egg and yolks gradually beating well after each addition.

  • Add the flour mixture and mix until it all comes together. Divide into 2, wrap with cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 mins or overnight.

  • Remove from the fridge and allow to soften slightly. Roll out to the thickness of a £1coin and using gingerbread men cutters cut out families of biscuits. Re roll cookie dough remains together to use all of the dough.

  • Place on lined baking trays and bake in batches for 10-15 minutes until golden. Leave to cool slightly on the trays before transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Make the icing buy placing the egg white in a bowl and adding the icing sugar gradually to build up a paste. Add the lemon juice and stir well. Spoon into an icing into an icing bag with a fine nozzle and pipe on faces, buttons and clothes.

Top Tip

By making the dough the day before and leaving it in the fridge overnight you give the flavours a chance to mature, resulting in an even more tasty biscuit!

Explore More

Most Popular