Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Not the gumdrop buttons!!

Today I decided to make some gingerbread men. I went down to the shops to get the ingredients (and a cookie cutter) on the bus, and back on the bus! I'm still not feeling too well as when I got back I fell asleep for half an hour, I was only out for an hour. So going back to work tomorrow will be interesting.

The recipe I used was from the Waitrose website; and it's really good, they taste gorgeous!!!


  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 325g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger (I added an extra one and its the perfect amount, I think two wouldnt have been enough!)
  • Icing and sweets to decorate.

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Line baking trays with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, then remove from the heat.
  2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl and stir the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients to make a stiff dough.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 5mm. Dip biscuit cutters into flour before cutting the dough, or cut around templates, which you can find at Place the shapes onto the lined baking trays and bake, in batches, for 9-10 minutes until light golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven. While still warm, and using a skewer or chopstick, make any holes that you will need to hang up the biscuits with ribbon or to make a yuletide garland. If you are decorating your Christmas cake with gingerbread people, make the holes in their arms so that ribbon can be threaded through at a later stage.
  5. When completely cool, decorate with the icing. The gingerbread biscuits can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

I used a selection of Milkybar buttons, smarties, and jellytots to decorate...
I was hoping they'd look like the ginger bread man from Shrek.

But in reality it is very difficult to do... So here's how they turned out (The above recipe made 18 men)

Haaahahahaha.. I think they look rubbish.. But they taste UH-MAZINGGG.
Work peeps! I'm bringing some in!

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