Gingerbread men

At Christmas, the children like to make gingerbread men.


350 g (12 oz) plain flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100 g (4 oz) chilled butter or margarine
175 g (6 oz) light brown sugar
1 medium egg
2 tablespoons gold syrup
man-shaped cookie cutter
writing icing to decorate


  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F, gas mark 4).  Use a paper towel to wipe a little oil over two baking trays.
  2. Use a sieve to sift the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Cut the butter/margarine into chunks and stir it in so that it is coated with flour.
  4. Use your fingertips to rub the chunks of butter/margarine into the flour, until the mixture looks like find breadcrumbs.
  5. Stir inthe sugar.
  6. Break the egg into a small bowl and beat it with a fork.  Add the syrup to the egg and beat it in.
  7. Add the egg mixture to the flour then mix everything together.
  8. Using your hands, squeeze the mixture together to form a smooth dough.
  9. Sprinkle a little flour onto a clean work surface and roll out the dough until it is about 5mm (1/4 in) thick.
  10. Use cutter to cut out shapes and lift shapes (using spatula or knife) onto the baking trays.
  11. Bake biscuits in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown.
  12. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then lift individually (using spatula or knife) onto wire rack to cool further.
  13. When cold, decorate using writing icing.