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Easy Peasy Gingerbread Recipe

Gingerbread is so easy to make and a great activity to do with children - who doesn't love decorating gingerbread people?!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: baking, biscuits, cookies, gingerbread men
Servings: 12 biscuits


  • 125 g margarine or unsalted butter
  • 60 g muscovado sugar or soft brown sugar
  • 90 g golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 30 g self raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • Icing sugar and smarties etc to decorate


  • Preheat oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Cream butter & sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the golden syrup and gradually add the egg - beating well.
  • Sift the flours, ginger & baking powder into the bowl and mix until a dough is formed.
  • Gather the dough into a ball with floured hands and roll out onto a floured surface until approx 0.5cm thick.
  • Use a cutter to cut shapes from the dough and place carefully on the baking tray. Gather the offcuts and repeats until all the dough is used.
  • Cook for 8mins or until browned. Leave to cool on the tray.
  • When completely cool, mix the icing sugar with a little water until it is thick but still slightly runny. Use a piping bag to decorate your gingerbread shapes and stick smarties on!