Christmas Gingerbread

By | November 27, 2016

Me and The Boy have been making gingerbread for years. This Christmas to save a little money, we’ve decided to make some of our gifts. Gingerbread was the first thing to try. Because obviously, we need to experiment a little first, make sure it’s nice, find out how many fit into a jar etc. It’s going to be a fun month!

I absolutely love the smell of gingerbread, it lingers for a few days. This has got a little cinnamon in too, so our flat smells gorgeous.

You will need:

  • 350g Plain flour
  • 1tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. Ginger
  • 130g Butter
  • 175g Soft light brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 tbsp. Golden syrup

Christmas gingerbread ingredients

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease a baking tray.

Sieve the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub together with your fingers, until it’s like breadcrumbs, quite even with no big lumps of butter.

gingerbread-breadcrumbs

Add the sugar. Now I always find brown sugar, even the “soft” variety, gets really hard and clumps together, so I used my hands to break it apart into a powder. Still it all together well.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, add the golden syrup and stir together.

Add this to the mixing bowl. Start mixing with a wooden spoon, but you’ll find its quite dry and crumbly. I tip it out onto a lightly-floured surface and knead it together with my hands until it’s a big smooth lump of dough.

Clingfilm the dough, and put in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

gingerbread dough

Lightly dust a surface with flour, and roll the dough out until it’s about 3mm thick. Use cookie cutters, or cut shapes out with a knife.

Place on the baking tray, leaving a little room between each biscuit.

gingerbread-shapes

Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, or until a light golden brown.

Decorate with icing pens if you want. To be honest I prefer them plain.

gingerbread christmas gift

This recipe made 60 small biscuits, so maybe 20 big gingerbread men. This is the perfect size for putting in a jar as a gift.

Christmas Gingerbread

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

makes 60 small biscuits

Christmas Gingerbread

Ingredients

  • • 350g Plain flour
  • • 1tsp. Baking powder
  • • 1tsp. Cinnamon
  • • 2tsp. Ginger
  • • 130g Butter
  • • 175g Soft light brown sugar
  • • 1 Egg
  • • 4tbsp. Golden syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease a baking tray
  2. Sieve flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger into a large mixing bowl
  3. Add the butter, and rub together with your fingers, until breadcrumbs
  4. Add the sugar and mix together well
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, and the syrup and mix together. Pour into the flour mixture
  6. Mix together as best as you can, tip on to a lightly floured surface and knead until a smooth dough
  7. Clingfilm dough and place in the fridge for 15 minutes
  8. Lightly dust a surface with flour and roll out the dough to 3mm
  9. Use cookie cutters to make shapes
  10. Place on the baking tray
  11. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  12. Remove from the baking tray and leave to cool
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  • Reading this I realise I have never made gingerbread men! We need to sort that out as the kids LOVE them!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub – pinning to my fave recipes board!

    • donna

      It’s such as easy recipe, we get it out every Christmas! And the smell! Honestly is pure Christmas

  • I have been thinking about making gingerbread for Christmas gifts this year too! I have never made small ones before so will give this recipe a go, love the idea of putting them in a jar xx #coolmumclub

    • donna

      I’ve figured out that from one batch I can make gifts for 5 people in smallish jars! And they get the jar!