I’ve been baking Sweet Gingerbread Men for as long as I can remember. It’s a bit of a family tradition both my mum and her mum made gingerbread men around Christmas time.
Sweet Gingerbread Men Cutters
I still have my gran’s original Gingerbread Man cutter which she gave me when she stopped baking. it’s the large cutter with a sort of ‘hat’ or maybe ‘ears’?
These days I find that the large gingerbread men are just too much for us to eat. So I managed to source a mini cutter which makes the perfect Sweet Gingerbread Men.
Gingerbread Man Song
Whenever I make Gingerbread Men I think of the song made famous by Sammy Davis Jnr.
“Feel like I’m made out of gingerbread
Uh huh (uh huh) uh huh (uh huh)
Crumb pickin’ lip lickin’ gingerbread
Uh huh (uh huh) uh huh (uh huh)
Can’t think about rainy weather now
I’ve finally got myself together now
Fresh out of the pan sweet gingerbread man
Fresh out of the pan sweet gingerbread man”
Sweet Gingerbread Man – music by Michel Legrand, Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
The mixture for making the Sweet Gingerbread Men is straightforward to prepare. You make it in a pan on the stove, melting the butter, sugar and golden syrup, then you add the dry ingredients. Rolling out the dough can be a bit tricky.
Rolling out the Gingerbread Dough
I roll my dough onto a piece of baking parchment because it is very sticky and will stick to your work surface.
Take care when lifting the cutouts onto the baking tray, also lined with baking parchment, because they can distort.
Decorate the Cookies
Add the features after you have transferred the shapes to the baking tray. Keep the dough pieces apart as they will spread a little.
I use fondant icing tools to mark out the buttons and eyes, I was particularly pleased to find a tool that is a ‘C’ shape and makes a lovely smile for the little gingerbread men
You don’t have to stick to Gingerbread men shapes, if you have other cutters, you can make any shape you like.
You can make Gingerbread Mittens. or Christmas Stockings I love the mittens and was rather pleased with the ‘knitted’ rib cuff made with one of the fondant tools.!
A family tradition
Make these Sweet Gingerbread Men and you will find that they are so popular that you will be expected to make them every year.
I am hoping that my son or daughter-in-law ill take up the baton and continue the family tradition.
More Christmas Recipes from Farmersgirl Kitchen
More Christmas Recipes
Hallon Scandanavian Cookies – Fab Food 4 All
Mint Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies – The Baking Explorer
Frittelle – Traditional Italian Christmas Eve Doughnuts – Christina’s Cucina
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Sweet Gingerbread Men
- 4 tbsp Golden Syrup
- 100 g butter
- 225 g soft light brown sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- 450 g plain flour
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Place syrup, butter and sugar in a large saucepan. Heat gently until melted.
- Remove saucepan from heat leave for 5 minutes to cool slightly, add the egg and sift the flour ginger and bicarbonate of soda on to the syrup mixture.
- Beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed and smooth ball.
- Cool for 5 to 10 minutes or until mixture is cool enough to handle, then transfer mixture to work surface and knead lightly.
- Roll out out thinly and cut out the gingerbread men with a cutter.
- Reroll the trimmings and cut more figures.
- Place shapes on to baking sheets covered with baking parchment.
- Mark the eyes, mouth and buttons with a small knife (see notes for my tips)
- Cook at 180C, 350F, Gas 4 for 10 minutes
- Remove from the oven, and leave on the trays for a few minutes until the biscuits firm then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.