Gingerbread men and other shapes

Gingerbread men and other shapes

Adding treacle and using dark brown soft sugar makes these gingerbread characters deliciously chewy!


Ingredients (serves 12 people)

  • 25g butter
  • 125g brown soft sugar
  • 175g treacle
  • 75g water
  • 450g plain flour
  • half a dessertspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • a large pinch of salt
  • half a dessertspoon ground ginger
  • a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • half a teaspoon each of other spices according to your taste
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Directions

  1. Mix together 25g butter and 125g brown soft sugar until fluffy.


  2. Stir in 175g treacle and 75g water.


  3. Stir in 175g treacle and 75g water.


  4. Sift 450g plain flour into a bowl with half a dessertspoon of bicarbonate of soda and a large pinch of salt.


  5. Also mix in a half a dessertspoon ground ginger, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and half a teaspoon each of other spices according to your taste – allspice and ground cloves.


  6. Add the flour and spices to the butter, sugar and treacle mix.


  7. Stir it into a dough, leave in its bowl and cover it over.


  8. Put this in a fridge for a couple of hours.


  9. Put the gingerbread dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out with a lightly floured rolling pin, to about half a centimetre thickness.


  10. Place on a greased baking tray, with a good space between each biscuit.


  11. Bake for 10 minutes at gas mark 4 (180°C or 350°F).


  12. Add a couple of minutes if needed, but be careful not to burn them as they will harden a little more once they are cooling on a rack.


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Have just put my gingerbread men in the oven the house now smells very Christmassy. Can't wait to try them thanks for posting this receipe so easy to follow

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