Spiced Gingerbread Men decorated with an easy royal icing. These biscuits make a cute festive bake the whole family will enjoy making and eating! Homemade gingerbread men are the taste of Christmas!
I couldn’t let the festive season pass and not post a gingerbread biscuit recipe on the blog! I’ve been making this gingerbread biscuit recipe for many years now and it has never let me down. The biscuits are perfectly crisp and golden on the outside, yet soft and chewy in the centre. They have the perfect combination of spices and are utterly delicious dunked into a cup of coffee or hot chocolate!
My gingerbread dough is made from just a handful of ingredients and it’s an absolute breeze to make. Start by creaming softened butter, brown sugar and spices together until light and fluffy. Then add one egg to the mix along with golden syrup. Add flour and a bit of bicarbonate of soda to the wet ingredients and mix until a soft and slightly sticky dough forms.
I’ve added a mixture of ground cinnamon and ginger to the dough and there is just enough flavour from the spices without being overwhelming. If you love more ginger flavour, then add an extra teaspoon.
Once rolled, cut the gingerbread men out and then evenly spread out onto 2-3 large baking trays and bake until golden. Baking time will depend on the cutters you use. I used a 4-inch gingerbread man cutter and this batch of gingerbread biscuits were in the oven for approx. 10-12 minutes. Baking time will differ by a few minutes either side depending on the size of your cutter and how thick you roll the dough.
If you prefer a softer biscuit, bake for less time and if you want a chewier, crunchier biscuit then bake an additional few minutes.
The best part comes next, the decoration! I decorated my gingerbread men with royal icing. You can tint the icing with food colouring and pipe cute decorations onto each biscuit. Top with chocolates, sweets or festive sprinkles.
They’re slightly crisp on outside then as you bite into the biscuit you will discover the divine chewy centre.
- 125 g butter (salted or unsalted) softened - if using unsalted, add a pinch of salt
- 175 g dark or light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup or black treacle
- 350 g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 225 g icing sugar
- 2 teaspoons egg white powder this is 1 x 5g sachet
- 3-4 tablespoons water
- To Make The Gingerbread Dough: Cream the butter, sugar, ginger and cinnamon together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and golden syrup and mix until combined. Add the flour and bicarbonate of soda to the bowl and mix until a soft and sticky dough forms. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and leave to chill the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
- Once the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 180°C / 160°C Fan / 350°F / Gas Mark 4. Line 2-3 large baking trays with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper or on a lightly floured work surface until it's 1/4 inch in thickness.
- Cut out the gingerbread men shapes and spread out evenly on the lined baking trays - this recipe makes 20-30 biscuits. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the baking trays for 10 minutes, then carefully transport to a wire rack.
- To Make The Royal Icing: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the icing sugar, egg white powder and 3 tablespoons of cold water. Beat for 5 minutes until thick and glossy. Add the additional 2 tablespoons of water until you reach your preferred consistency.
- Decorate the gingerbread men as desired with the icing. Leave the icing to set for about 30 minutes before eating. Gingerbread men will keep in an airtight container for up to one week.
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