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Easy gingerbread men recipe for kids

Easy gingerbread men recipe for kids

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes + 10 minutes baking

Serves: approx 30 men

This is the perfect easy gingerbread men recipe for kids to make at Christmas time. Although I would normally think of making ginger bread men at Christmas, my kids quite like the shop bought ones so during a quiet nap time recently Hannah and I made a batch. You can make it into a longer activity for young children if you choose to decorate them. You can use shop bought coloured writing icing tubes to draw on faces, buttons and anything else you fancy.


Ingredients

350g (3 cups) plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
100g (1/2 cup) butter
175g (1 cup) light muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 large egg

 

How to make easy gingerbread men

Pre-heat the oven to 190C / 170C fan and prepare your baking trays

Get your toddler to line 3 baking sheets with greaseproof paper.

Add the ingredients to a bowl

Get your child to measure the flour into a bowl. While they are doing that add the bicarbonate of soda and ginger. Weigh the butter then chop it up into a few pieces before adding it to the flour.

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Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. This is a step that Hannah always likes getting involved with as she gets to get her hands messy.

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Get your child to measure the sugar then stir it into the flour mixture. Add the golden syrup.
Crack the egg into a separate bowl then add it to the flour (or if you’re feeling brave do it straight into your mixture).

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Make the gingerbread men

Mix everything together until you have a smooth dough.

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The recipe makes quite a lot so divide the dough in half then roll out one half on to a lightly floured work surface until its about 5mm thick.

Cut out your ginger bread men using a cutter or use any other shapes you have to hand – we tried a few different ones. Place them on your baking tray.

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Gather up any scraps and roll out again. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake the gingerbread men

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they become a slightly darker shade. Cool slightly then lift on to a wire rack to cool.

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You can enjoy the ginger bread biscuits as they are or add some icing decorations. Hannah used wee ready made icing kits to pipe on eyes, mouths, buttons etc.

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Easy gingerbread men recipe for kids

This easy gingerbread men recipe for kids, is a fun Christmas bake but that doesn't mean you can't make them all year round!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: biscuits, christmas, cookies
Servings: 30
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 100 g butter
  • 175 g light muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 190C / 170C fan.
  • Line 3 baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
  • Measure the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl.
  • Weigh the butter then chop it up into a few pieces before adding it to the flour. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Measure the sugar then stir it into the flour mixture. Add the golden syrup.
  • Crack the egg into a separate bowl then add it to the flour.
  • Mix everything together until you have a smooth dough.
  • The recipe makes quite a lot so divide the dough in half then roll out one half on to a lightly floured work surface until its about 5mm thick.
  • Cut out your ginger bread men using a cutter or use any other shapes you have to hand – we tried a few different ones. Place them on your baking tray.
  • Gather up any scraps and roll out again. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they become a slightly darker shade. Cool slightly then lift on to a wire rack to cool.
  • You can enjoy the ginger bread biscuits as they are or add some icing decorations.

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