Need an easy-to-make door gift for a Christmas party, or spread some joy to those around you? Here’s a gingerbread men recipe that makes the cut(ter)!
I enjoy baking and giving out baked goodies to family and friends. There’s something satisfying about creating them, even more so when you get to share the yummy treats.
When I tried my hands at making gingerbread men last year, they were a hit! Fairly easy to make and fun to decorate, the biscuits are great as Christmas gifts, especially when there are lots of family members, friends and colleagues to go around.
So this year I decided to make them in bulk, go crazy and deliver 40 biscuits fresh out of the oven to a lots of people. Here’s how you can do that too!
Simple Gingerbread Men
150g brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
2 teaspoons ginger powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
To make the biscuits
Heat the butter, sugar and honey over a low flame, stirring it continuously until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sodium bicarbonate, ginger powder and cinnamon powder together.
Remove the wet mixture from the heat and add in the flour mixture, bit by bit at a time. Let the mixture cool before cracking the egg in. Work the dough until it becomes sticky. Wrap it in cling film and leave it to chill in the fridge for at least 1 1/2 hours (you can leave it overnight if you want).
After removing it from the fridge, roll the dough out to about 1 inch thick. Use the cutter to produce as many gingerbread men as you can. For the last bit of dough, you can roll it up and squeeze it into the cutter to make one final biscuit.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until you get a nice, golden brown colour. You may need to do about 3 rounds of baking before everything is done. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a flat surface.
Pour the icing into a piping bag and decorate the biscuits as you please. Stick the M&M chocolate buttons on using a dap of icing, which will harden to form a glue.
To give away
Pack them up in colourful bags, tie them up with a ribbon and voila! Plenty of gingerbread men to give away. And the best thing about it is that they won’t be running anywhere.
On another note, Merry Christmas! Hope this festive season inspires you to celebrate with loved ones and reconnect with people you care about. This is one thing I have resolved to do for 2017. And I think it’s not a bad idea for anyone to do that too!
If you’re not keen on making them in bulk, half the portion for roughly 20 pieces of gingerbread men.
You don’t have to use a gingerbread man cutter if you don’t have it. Go for a star, tree, dinosaur or anything else you fancy. Go wild with your decorations. It’s Christmas after all!