How To Make Gingerbread

It’s the classic treat from my childhood – a gingerbread man from the bakery when Mummy had finished the shopping.

For me gingerbread men, love hearts and houses just cry out Christmas and comfort.  They remind me of Christmas markets and fairytales and i believe that every home needs a go-to recipe.  This one is mine.

You Will Need

375g plain flour – plus extra for dusting

100g caster sugar

75g soft brown sugar

1 egg

125g margerine

3 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons golden syrup


  • Rub together the flour, ginger, cinnamon and margerine to create a breadcrumb-like texture
  • Add the sugar and mix together
  • Add the egg and syrup and mix until the ingredients form a dough
  • Knead the dough lightly before wrapping with cling film
  • Refrigerate for half an hour
  • Preheat the oven to 180
  • Using small amounts at a time, knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth

  • Roll to about 5mm thick and cut out shapes using cutters or stencils.  To make the mug cookie I used a special cutter – but you could use any cutter and simply cut a channel with a knife.
  • Bake until golden.  If you’re baking something that needs to be nice and flat, such as parts for a gingerbread house, bake until almost done and then cover with another sheet of baking paper and a heavy baking tray.  Return to the oven and bake for a few more minutes

  • Allow to cool for a few minutes on the tray with the top tray still in place, then move to a cooling rack
  • Decorate with glace icing or leave plain

Here’s a little video of Christmas past 😂

Love Rachel ❤️

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