Prep 20 mins
Cook 12 mins
This recipe makes a large batch that can be made about a week ahead of time for Christmas or just cut into rounds for eating with coffee at any time of the year. Hide them though, because I often end up having to make more at the last minute! You can play an after Christmas lunch game where a grown up gets to hide and call "Run Run as Fast as you can, You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread man". Naturally he gets caught and has to give a gingerbread man to all who catch him. Good exercise! You could use all plain flour for a harder cookie or add 1 tsp baking powder if you don't have self raising flour. I have just finished making a batch and got 20 large men and 24 small biscuits.
- 250 g unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling
- 1 cup golden syrup or 1 cup honey
- 2 eggs, separated into yolk and white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups plain flour
- 2 cups self raising flour
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add egg yolks.
- Add Golden Syrup or honey.
- Add vanilla extract.
- Beat thoroughly.
- In another bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix.
- Add to creamed mixture about a cup at a time.
- Knead lightly with floured hands towards the end.
- The dough will be quite soft but should hold its shape.
- Cut into 4 pieces and refrigerate for half an hour.
- Take out a quarter of the mixture and lightly knead on a floured surface then roll out about 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into'men' with cookie cutters or into circles if preferred.
- I use an egg lifter to help get them onto the baking trays.
- Lightly beat the egg whites and brush over the shapes then sprinkle with a little granulated sugar.
- Bake at 180 degrees C for 12 to 15 minutes depending on the size you make.
- They should be golden brown.
- Cool, then store in airtight container with a lining of kitchen paper to keep them crisp.
Prepared exactly how described, I found that the cinnamon really overpowers the ginger taste (which I probably should have realised given it has equal parts cinnamon to ginger). Most people I gave them to seemed to loved them though, so I may be alone in thinking this. Next time I will add more ginger and less cinnamon.
"MM MM a gingerman good" says my two year old after making these, we halved the recipe and forgot to brush with the egg white! On the advice of the last poster i added less cinnamon and more ginger and everyone loved them. Thanks Martha