Gingerbread Men


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Food for Friends

Food for Friends

By Levi Roots

Published 2010

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You can use this recipe to make ginger biscuits as well, but there isn’t a child who can resist a gingerbread man. If you feel like it, you can go mad on the decoration, using tubes of ready-made icing to make stripy jumpers in Caribbean colours or licorice shoelaces to give your gingerbread men dreadlocks!


  • 110 g ( oz) butter, cubed, plus extra for the baking sheet
  • 340 g ( oz) plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 170 g ( oz) soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • handful of currants, to decorate


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5 and lightly grease a baking sheet with butter. Sift the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then mix in the sugar and egg.
  2. Warm the syrup in a pan over a very gentle heat to make it runny, then stir enough of it into the mixture to make a soft dough - be careful not to add too much. Knead on a lightly floured work surface until smooth, then flour a wooden board and your rolling pin and roll the dough out until it is about 5 mm (¼ in) thick.
  3. Take a gingerbread man cutter and stamp out your shapes, carefully easing each out of the cutter and placing it on to the baking sheet (a fish slice is useful for this). Using the currants, give each man 2 eyes and a mouth.
  4. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until just coloured, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool.