Gingerbread men

Gingerbread Men


This is a recipe I adapted of gingerbread men with the taste of spices and just a taste of lemon. You can either decorate these or leave them like they are.



20 biscuits

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

8-10 minutes


  • 125 grams unsalted butter, chopped

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup golden syrup

  • 1 egg

  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour

  • 2 Tbsp ground ginger

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 medium sized lemon, finely grated zest

  • Icing
  • 1 egg white

  • 2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted


  • Melt butter, golden syrup, brown sugar together in a saucepan, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly.
  • Whisk egg and butter in a large bowl. Sift flour, baking soda and spices over the wet ingredients and mix until combined into a smooth dough. Flatten into a disc shape, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until just firm.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/2 cm thickness. Cut out gingerbread people cutters and carefully transfer onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake at 180 C for 8-10 minutes or until cooked and lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes on trays before transferring to a cake rack to cool completely.
  • Icing
  • If you want to decorate these gingerbread men. Beat egg white until foamy then gradually beat in icing sugar until piping consistency. Spoon into a piping bag and use to decorate cooled gingerbread.

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