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Classic Gingerbread men recipe

Classic Gingerbread men recipe

We love these cute gingerbread men and it’s ingenious how you can turn them into reindeer as well. This Gingerbread men recipe is easy to make too!

Classic gingerbread men recipe

Don’t forget to leave time for decorating these cute cookies.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Christmas
Servings: 20 cookies


  • 125 g butter
  • 100 g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 325 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • Writing icing to decorate


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup together in a pan then remove from the heat.
  • Sieve in the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger then stir together to make a stiff dough.
  • Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick. Cut out about 18-20 gingerbread men and bake on 2 large, lined baking trays for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Decorate with icing to add eyes, nose and mouth (turn the gingerbread men upside down for the reindeer).

More Christmas recipe inspiration

Here's an easy, simple UK gingerbread men recipe for kids and adults. Recipe does not contain molasses. This recipe will soon become you're go to for making the best gingerbread men for Christmas!


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