Gingerbread men recipe?

sue62, Nov 23, 7:54am
Does anyone have an easy and tasty gingerbread men biscuit recipe please?

autumnwinds, Nov 23, 9:00am
I use this recipe for both Gingerbread Men and the (very) occasional Gingerbread House.

250g butter
200g muscovado sugar (gives good darkness)
7 tablespoons golden syrup
600g flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 egg whites
520g icing sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon lemon juice

To make the Gingerbread Men
1. Heat oven to 200°C. Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup together in a pot.
2. Sift flour, baking soda and ginger into a large bowl. Stir in butter mixture to form a stiff dough.
3. Place a quarter of the dough on a piece of baking paper and roll out to 3mm thick.
4. Using a Gingerbread Man cutter (or your own template designs for a house), cut out then slide the gingerbread, still on the baking paper, onto a baking tray, being careful not to stretch or distort the shape.
5. Repeat with remaining dough .
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the gingerbread is firm and a little darker at the edges. Leave on tray for a few minutes to cool and firm up then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the icing to decorate Gingerbread Men or house

1. Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl until just frothy. Gradually whisk in sifted icing sugar to form a stiff mixture.
2. Stir in lemon juice (mixture needs to be firm and holding its shape).
3. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent it drying out.
4. Put into icing bag, and pipe onto biscuits

• If your dough does not quite come together, knead a tiny splash of water into the mixture.
• If the dough sticks a little to the rolling pin, place another sheet of baking paper over it when rolling. Keep unrolled dough covered with plastic wrap to stop it drying out while you are working.
• Ensure baking trays are cooled to room temperature before reusing; a hot tray will melt the dough.
• Leftover dough can be used for decorations to surround your house or made into cookies, tree decorations or gift tags. The cooking time will be less for these; allow 8-10 minutes, depending on size and thickness.
• For gift tags or hanging decorations, make a hole in the top of the dough using a piping nozzle with a large round hole, or a drinking straw. The hole needs to be bigger than you may think, as it will shrink a little during baking.
• The icing can be tinted with food colouring if desired. You may need to thin the icing with a little water for fine piping work. To cover biscuits completely with icing, use a small palette knife or the back of a teaspoon dipped in boiling water to make spreading easier.

sue62, Nov 25, 7:33am
Thank you very much for taking the time to post this recipe. Much appreciated :)

jbsouthland, Nov 25, 7:46am
Thank you . have copied recipe down . sounds great

socram, Nov 30, 4:11pm
Can't have gingerbread men any more, must be gingerbread persons.

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