Super Easy Gingerbread Men

23 December 2012, 23:40

I LOVE GINGERBREAD!!! My most favourite biscuit everrrrr! And of course it has to be the soft chewy type, none of this rock hard business. And oh em gee is Christmas really 2moro? Haven’t done any Christmas baking just yet? Then this recipe is for you! I’ve modified a gingerbread recipe from the awesome Exclusively Food a tad, making it a one bowl recipe and upping the ginger content because I am crazy about ginger and it just makes the whole house smell incredible.

Teehee my favourite character in Shrek was Gingy so I colour matched the icing as best I could but anyways who’s ready to start baking?

2½ cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp mixed spice (ground spice mixture of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg)
4 tsp ground ginger
140g salted butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup golden syrup or treacle
1 egg yolk (egg white can be reserved for the icing, combine it with 1⅓ cups of icing sugar)
Packet of royal icing mix (I used this because raw egg white creeps me the hell out)

1. Beat the 140g butter and ½ cup of brown sugar together in a large bowl. Stop the machine occasionally and use a spatula to scrape down the side. Beat until the mixture is creamy- about 7mins.
2. Beat in the egg yolk and the ½ cup golden syrup/treacle until mixture is just combined.
3. Sift in the 2½ cups of flour, 1 tsp bicarb soda, 2 tsp mixed spice and 3 tsp ginger and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
4. Divide dough in half and roll each lot between sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick.

Use a gingerbread man cutter and stamp away but don’t remove them just yet because it wil be impossible. Slide the dough onto baking trays and shove into the freezer for 10mins or fridge for 20mins so the dough firms up and the gingerbread men are easy to remove without losing any limbs. Preheat oven to 150C for a fan forced oven.

Place gingerbread men 2cm apart and bake one tray at a time for 6mins. If you rolled your dough thinner or if you like them a bit more chewier try baking for 5 mins or watch till edges become golden.

Cool cooked biscuits on tray for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

MY ARMY! Make sure gingerbread have completely cooled before starting to ice. Make icing either by packet mix of by mixing the egg white with 1⅓ icing sugar and transfer to a piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner snipped off.

Not the gumdrop buttons!

This recipe makes about 20 gingerbread men but I would highly recommend you double it because you won’t be able to stop at eating just one…

Merry Christmas! Hope you guys have a safe and awesome holiday!



  1. Merry christmas Suze! i love your ginger bread army, gingy in shrek is also my fav character! looking forward to reading about about your christmas!

    milkteaxx    Dec 24, 12:20 AM    #

  2. Happy Christmas to you and Noods, thanks for another entertaining year!

    YaYa    Dec 24, 01:36 AM    #

  3. Love your gingy army! Fantastic sounding recipe, seems nice & simple – and egg white also freaks me out.

    thesuzchef    Dec 24, 06:21 AM    #

  4. “Not my gum-drop buttons!!” lol I generally up the ante with the ginger dosage as well. Merry Christmas Snoodze!!

    Shanks    Dec 24, 08:28 AM    #

  5. Gingy army! I’d happily go into battle with them :)

    Have an awesome Christmas!

    Helen (grabyourfork)    Dec 24, 10:27 AM    #

  6. soft gingerbread all the way! I love all the different faces of gingy hehe. Merry Christmas Suze!

    Jacq    Dec 24, 10:41 AM    #

  7. Go ginger army men go! Merry Christmas Suze! I’m sure it’ll be a delicious one. See you in the new year xo

    Phuoc'n Delicious    Dec 24, 03:51 PM    #

  8. what a bad ass army! is it horrible i want to bite all their heads off? haha merry christmas dude!!

    tina @ bitemeshowme    Dec 24, 04:24 PM    #

  9. This kind of army is super adorable! and merry Christmas, Suze! :D

    irene    Dec 24, 06:53 PM    #

  10. Gingerbread just screams the silly season to me, these look absolutely adorable!
    How much would the texture change if I reduced the amount of sugar? Trying to watch the weight this Xmas! :P

    Eva    Dec 24, 10:08 PM    #

  11. GINGY ARMY!!

    Haha got to love royal icing packet mix :P

    Cath @ Confessions of a Glutton    Dec 25, 08:29 PM    #

  12. Thanks for this simple and timely recipe! I used rice flour as we had a coeliac guest, and they turned out perfect :)

    — Lilla    Dec 26, 08:11 PM    #

  13. They are so so cute!! Love the grumpy gingerbreads. I would totally eat them first. Nice pants! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas :)

    Cass @foodmyfriend    Dec 26, 09:18 PM    #

  14. Ahh! The grumpy ones are making me giggle! Gingy was always my favorite Shrek character, too. :)

    Dayna    Jan 3, 03:19 AM    #

  15. Merry Christmas and Nappy New Year Suze :) Loving the new hair!

    Nic@diningwithastud    Jan 3, 11:08 AM    #

  16. Thank you. Love the gingerbread men recipe – just finished decorating mine for my kids school Christmas concert tomorrow night. I’m sure they’ll sell well – so cute, smell delicious. Sadly my army was just 25 but I guess each gingy man must have been twice the size!! Happy Christmas 2013.

    — Kathryn    Nov 28, 12:54 PM    #

  17. thank you thank you thank you! love the pictures and the easy steps – can’t wait to make these!

    — Meena    Dec 10, 02:15 PM    #

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