The 12 Posts of Christmas 11: Suzie’s Gingerbread Men

written by Melina

Stuck for a last minute present? Fancy baking something delicious to share with the family? Or maybe you’re just a bit peckish… Staff Booker Suzie is sharing with us her simple, never-fail recipe for Gingerbread Men – perfect for a spot of Christmas Eve baking.

Suzie’s Gingerbread Men

  • Melted butter
  • 125g butter (room temperature)
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 125ml golden syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease (or use baking paper).

I use a fork (but you can use a wooden spoon or whisk – whatever you like) to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl and then added the golden syrup and egg yolk to the mixture. Next I stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda, before turning onto a floured surface and kneading until smooth. I then roll the dough out and cover with cling-film. The gingerbread men then go in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. (Note: this is the opportune moment to lick the spoon.)

Once your dough is ready to come out, place it between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a gingerbread man cutter to cut out your shapes – or go wild and cut them any shape you like! You can repeat this process with any excess dough left over, or just eat the left over dough – I can’t officially recommend this for legal reasons, but it does taste delicious. Place on trays about 3cm apart and bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Once they’re done leave them on a rack to cool, no matter how good they smell. Don’t do what I do and burn your tongue. It hurts.