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A plate with decorated gingerbread man cookies
Soft Gingerbread Man Recipe
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Soft Gingerbread Man Recipe with a nice blend of christmassy spices, the best cookies for the festive season. Kids will absolutely love them, and the grown-ups too. They taste a lot better than the store-bought gingerbread men, and are quick and easy to make. A must-try recipe! The gingerbread men cookies are chewy and have the right amount of spices, and are a very popular at Christmas. Or, why not at Halloween, a spooky skeleton gingerbread man cookie is always fun to make.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 150 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 350 g flour
  • 175 g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 100 g butter
  • 80 g golden syrup (or honey)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 egg
  • icing for decorating (optional)
  1. Cut the butter in small cubes and put it in a pan over a low heat.
  2. Add the muscovado sugar and the golden syrup and gently stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large pan, sift the flour and add the ground ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda.
  5. Crack an egg and beat slightly.
  6. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the egg and the buttery mixture.
  7. Knead gently for a few minutes until it forms a dough.
  8. Make a ball, cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  9. Transfer the dough to the working surface and use a rolling pin to roll the dough, it should have approximately 1/4 cm in thickness.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 8 minutes, checking it regularly. Depending on your cookie cutter size, they might take between 7-10 minutes

  11. Allow to cool completely, then decorate with icing if you wish.

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Nutrition Facts
Soft Gingerbread Man Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 104mg4%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.