A Gingerbread Man is a biscuit or a cookie made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of a stylized human, although other shapes with respect to seasonal themes like Christmas, Halloween, Easter etc. are quite common. Gingerbread dates from the 15th Century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was at the court of Elizabeth of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guest. (Source wiki)
And according to Guinness World of Records, the largest gingerbread man weighed 651 Kg and was made by IKEA Furuset (Norway) in Oslo, on 9 November 2009. The giant Gingerbread man was baked in one piece, Is that not amazing? I think the popularity of gingerbread during the holidays and specially the Christmas season can be attributed to the use of spices such as Ginger and Cinnamon which helps you keep warm in the winters.
The aroma that comes when this are baked is just wonderful and on top of that the lovely shape. You just don’t feel like eating it, they are so cute little munchies. My son is a big fan of Gingerbread and he had requested this for last 2-3 years and I was not able to bake it. We bought once the store version but he did not eat, probably because they were very sweet. He was just back from school and he could smell them. I had just removed one batch and he was super excited to eat. Had to hold him for 10 mins to at-least cool down.
Then came the next demand, are you not going to decorate this Gingerbread Men :-). I really thought of skipping it this time, but then did it for him, and though he loved them, he gave me more ideas like you can decorate this Gingerbread Men with a Christmas hat , a Santa , and you can use more colours and m&m’s etc etc. I said yes I know, and you have more ideas, so lets do it in your vacation and you will be decorating it. haha.. Phew kid’s demands ….
And then the fun began, both my kids enjoyed Gingerbread Men thoroughly and by taking turns in eating hands , legs or head of the delicious cookies. Wow I too joined with them and revisited some memories of my childhood. TBh till date many a times I enjoy some foods this way 😂😂.
So here goes the Recipe
250g All Purpose Flour / Plain Flour / Maida
75g Butter, softened
75g Light Brown Sugar (One can use White too)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
50 gm Golden Syrup
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
Melted Chocolate (optional)
Dried Fruit, Nuts or Sweets (optional)
Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add soda, golden syrup and egg and stir well.
Sift the flour and spices into the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Shape into a ball and knead lightly on a work surface until smooth. Wrap and chill for about 30 minutes before using.
Thinly roll out dough and use gingerbread cutters to cut out shapes.
Place on lightly greased baking sheets, or a sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between each.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes until slightly risen and golden in colour. Transfer to a wire tray to cool.
When completely cool, decorate as desired. Enjoy!
- 250 gm All Purpose Flour / Plain Flour / Maida
- 75 gm Butter softened
- 75 gm Light Brown Sugar One can use White too
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 50 gm Golden Syrup
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- White Melted Chocolate (optional)
- Dried Fruit, Nuts or Sweets (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add soda, golden syrup and egg and stir well.
- Sift the flour and spices into the bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- Shape into a ball and knead lightly on a work surface until smooth. Wrap and chill for about 30 minutes before using.
- Thinly roll out dough and use gingerbread cutters to cut out shapes.
- Place on lightly greased baking sheets, or a sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between each.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes until slightly risen and golden in colour. Transfer to a wire tray to cool.
- When completely cool, decorate as desired. Enjoy!
- Golden Syrup can be replaced with honey, but taste might differ slightly
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