Decorated Gingerbread Biscuits

Gingerbread Men

Recipe submitted by Wifey on July 31st, 2008

This recipe makes great crunchy gingerbread men. You could also use this recipe to make gingerbread hearts for Valentine's Day, gingerbread four leaf clovers (with green icing) for St Patrick's Day, or gingerbread butterflies for a girl's birthday party. Make a small hole at the top of the gingerbread men using a skewer before baking and you'll be able to thread ribbon and hang from your Christmas tree. Decorating the gingerbread at the end is super fun for kids and will keep them amused for a good hour or two on a rainy day.

Prep time:   10 minutes
Cook time:   8 minutes

125g (4 ozs.) Butter
2 1/2 Tablespoons Golden Syrup
2 teaspoons ground Ginger
1 teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1/2 cup Sugar
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Egg Yolk

1. Melt butter, sugar, and golden syrup in a pot over low to medium heat. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

2. Beat in egg yolk and sift in dry ingredients.

3. Knead and roll out to 1/2cm thick. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

4. Place shapes on baking tray on top of baking paper.

5. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 8 minutes. They are done when the edges are golden brown.

6. Remove from oven and allow to cool on rack before decorating.

To make it really fun for the kids, create several different coloured icings and have a variety of sprinkles, sugar balls and mini M&M's on hand. Use the icing to stick the decorations to the gingerbread.

175g (6 ozs.) Icing Sugar
1 tablespoon Boiling Water
1 tablespoon Butter

Combine water and butter and stir in icing sugar. Divide mixture and add a drop or two of food colouring.
You can make icing bag by placing some of the icing in a small plastic bag (such as a plastic sandwich bag) and cutting a very small hole in one of the bottom corners.

Average Rating:   (23 votes)

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    • Sam posted on November 9th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 9.0 / 10

      Amazing! Did not find crumbly at all, really easy to cut shapes! Smell and taste extra good! :)

    • Andy posted on September 5th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 4.0 / 10

      Pretty average cookies. As above if you follow th recipe to the letter it's too dry. There are far better recipes out there, I suggest looking around. Only used this recipe because I didn't have brown sugar.The nutmeg is a nice twist.

    • Kirsty posted on July 11th, 2012
      Overall Rating: 5.0 / 10

      I added extra golden syrup however still very crumbly, it was hard to get gingerbread shapes out... my girls 3 & 5 even with assistance struggled so I had to take over completely-which was upsetting for them... we of course had an absolute ball decorating & they tasted okay... will try different recipe next time!

    • Tammy posted on May 23rd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      These are absolutly delicious.. I read all comments before my son and I baked these yummy biscuits and ended up putting in 3 heaped tbls of golden syrup and alil extra ginger.. They were perfect not crumbly at all..

    • Ari posted on March 23rd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      Unfortunately the kids couldn't help out with this one as it was too crumbly and terrible to knead. I added a good half a cup of flour to moisten dough which helped out heaps. I was very surprised at how good they turned out, very yummy and will try again. Tip for future bakers, just melt butter in microwave then add golden syrup, sugar and egg yolk.

    • Lisa posted on March 3rd, 2012
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Anyone who makes this and thinks it tastes hideous is doing it wrong (or doesn't like gingerbread!)

      I just made a bunch of "ninja bread" using this recipe and they turned out great and taste really good! I did read all the feedback here prior to baking so decided in order to avoid it being too crumbly (keeping in mind gingerbread is naturally quite a crumbly dough) I added 3 generous tablespoons of golden syrup as opposed to 2.5 tablespoons. I also made my teaspoon fulls of ginger heaped. End result = awesome flavour and a good chewy texture once cool! Will most definitely be making again! :D

    • Liesbet posted on November 26th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 1.0 / 10

      Tastes absolutely hideous, won't even give it to my dog to eat..if I had a dog! Will use them for decorations instead.

    • Sarah posted on November 20th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Best recipe on the net - delish!!

    • JG posted on October 23rd, 2011
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      As per other comments here, my mixture was initially too crumbly, but adding about 1/2 tsp of water solved the problem. Easy! I make about 140 tiny gingerbread stars out of this, which are great to nibble on after dinner (and go wonderfully well with lemon sorbet or frozen yoghurt as a light dessert).

    • Lynley posted on September 7th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 4.0 / 10

      I found that the mixture was very crumbly and not easy to knead.

    • Michelle Nelley posted on March 26th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Loved it! My 20 month old son and I had fun! Thank you :-)

    • Sue posted on March 5th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      I added 2 tsp's more of ginger and a bit of cinnamon - plus a bit more sugar - and they taste fine. i found it sticky not dry - probably due to my adaptations!

    • Nadia posted on February 22nd, 2011
      Overall Rating: 1.0 / 10

      Mixture so so dry. could not roll out and made it very diffficult to work with. Had to use a little milk to make it work together and even then it was still not great. we followed recipe exactly, so not sure what the problemw as but dont think will be using this one again.

    • Cath posted on January 6th, 2011
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Great recipe thanks, best thing is there is no waiting for the mix to chill, my 3 year-old son and I had a great time making these. They taste great too! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will be recommending it to my friends and family :)

    • emma posted on December 16th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 1.0 / 10

      this is a terrible recipe - to crumbly and dry.
      we had to add milk to make it suceed!

    • Melanie Hunter posted on November 16th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      A great gingerbread recipe for making with children because there is no waiting for it to chill etc. Can do whole thing to iced finished product in one hour.

    • Steph posted on November 14th, 2010
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      They came out great, I plan on making a gingerbread house for christmas, can't wait!

      If the recipe was too dry I suggest being generous with the golden syrup next time because it tends to stick to the spoon so you end up adding alot less. Slightly healthier than adding more butter.

      You can also spray the spoon with cooking oil spray before measuring the golden syrup and it will simply slide off the spoon.

    • Tarvey posted on December 11th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 5.0 / 10

      these cookies were ok but not what i expected

    • Wendy posted on October 7th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 3.0 / 10

      Didn't stick together

    • Sallyanne posted on August 22nd, 2009
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      Made them with a group of neighbourhood kids. They loved them!!!

    • summer hunter posted on July 18th, 2009
      Overall Rating: 6.0 / 10

      the mixture dosent stay together so we had to add more butter

    • Wifey posted on October 23rd, 2008
      Overall Rating: 10.0 / 10

      Also check out my other recipe "Christmas Cookies" which is an excellent recipe for creating fun cookies with your cookie cutter shapes. A great alternative for those who don't like gingerbread.

    • Karen posted on October 22nd, 2008
      Overall Rating: 8.0 / 10

      I made these Gingerbread Men with my class of 5 and 6 year olds. Because they were cooked in one lot they were very manageable. They cooked quickly and the kids thought they were delicious! Instead of decorating them with icing, we used currants and sliced cherry for features. Thanks, Wifey!