Christmas gingerbread men

Easy to make and lots of fun for children to decorate.

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: about 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

Makes: 25

Ingredients

125g unsalted butter
100g dark brown muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
325g plain flour, plus extra for dusting and dipping
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
Dr Oetker Writing Icing (optional)
Waitrose Cooks’ Homebaking chocolate mocha beans (optional)
Coloured string, for decorating (optional)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3.  Line 3 or 4 baking trays with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, until melted, then remove from the heat and set aside.

2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl. Stir in the melted ingredients to make a stiff dough.

3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a 5mm thickness. Using gingerbread men cutters, dip into some extra flour before cutting out shapes. Place onto the lined trays and, using a skewer/knife, make two holes for eyes and draw a mouth. Bake, in batches, for 9-10 minutes until light golden brown.

4. Leave to cool on a wire rack. If desired, use the icing to stick on beans, then attach string for bows. Store the biscuits in an airtight container for up to two weeks.