BAKES | Christmas Gingerbread Men

Nothing says 'It's Christmas' more than baking gingerbread men and not forgetting the amazing smell they leave behind. A good gingerbread recipe is always a delicious bake to make with your little one, and this recipe is super easy to follow that will give you perfect little gingerbread men every time. My daughter loves baking with me and this recipe would be a great way to get your little ones in the kitchen to help create those festive treats.

To make these you will need:
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125g butter
175g light soft brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup

Start by sifting the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon then add to a food processor. Add the butter and mix together in a bowl until you have a crumbly consistency , then stir in the soft brown sugar. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together before adding to the food processor, blitz and then work together until a dough forms.

Wrap the dough up in cling film and refrigerate for an hour. When you're ready, pre-heat the oven to 180c and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Then lightly flour the surface, roll out the dough to 1cm thickness. Use a cutter to cut out your gingerbread men in the dough and arrange on the lined baking tray making sure you leave a gap in between each shape.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown, leave on the tray for 10-minutes and move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Then you can get creative with the children and decorate with icing and cake decorations. We used icing and chocolate chips after taking this photo but hey were so good that we forgot to take a photo of the finished gingerbread men! Why not try - swapping the ginger for cinnamon or vanilla essence if you don't like ginger, or swap the golden syrup for treacle?

Happy Baking!!!