Baking Gingerbread Men

When my lovely friend Luce came to stay a few weeks back, one thing at the top of our to-do list was baking gingerbread. Turns out Luce is a fantastic little baker and I don’t think they would have been the same without her. We used the recipe from but altered it slightly as we didn’t fancy icing them.

You will need:

1 tsp melted butter

125g butter (room temperature)

100g brown sugar

125ml Golden Syrup

1 egg (yolk separated)

375g plain flour

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

plain flour to dust

The How-To Bit

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease (or use baking paper).

We used a fork (but you can use a wooden spoon or whisk – what ever you like) to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl and then added the golden syrup and egg yolk to the mixture. Next we stirred in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda, before turning onto a floured surface and kneading until smooth. We then roll the dough out and cover with cling-film. The gingerbread men then go in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. (Note: this is the opportune moment to lick the spoon.)

Once your dough is ready to come out, place it between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a gingerbread man cutter to cut out your shapes. (You can repeat this process with any excess dough left over, or just eat the left over dough – it may be asking for food poisoning a little bit, so I can’t legally tell you to do this, but it does taste delicious). Place on trays about 3cm apart and bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Once they’re done leave them on a rack to cool. Don’t do what we did and burn your tongues. It hurts.

Our video footage for the gingerbread baking vlog was fairly sketchy as the sun sets so early now, but I will be popping the best bits into a Christmassy video over the next few weeks. Let me know if you tried baking these, they really were delicious, and were far too good for sharing. My work colleagues only saw photos of our gingerbread extravaganza as not one crumb made it to the office. A post Christmas detox is definitely on the cards after the past few weeks…


  1. Lornas wishing well
    21 Dec 2013 / 9:52 am

    Looks so tasty! thanks for the recipe, I am going to make myself some today! x

  2. Eloise .D
    21 Dec 2013 / 9:57 am

    They look absolutely delicious, whenever I bake I never end up icing as i'm too busy eating them! Will have to give these a go very soon! Thanks for sharing!

    Eloise | simplynaturale xo

  3. Lucy Cole
    21 Dec 2013 / 10:42 am

    Why have I never made gingerbread men before! I must give it a go!Xx

    Lucy Cole | A UK Fashion, Style and Beauty Blog

  4. Talisa Tossell
    21 Dec 2013 / 11:23 am

    These look delicious, Suzie!

  5. Cat
    21 Dec 2013 / 11:44 am

    these look tasty! x

  6. Roshni K
    21 Dec 2013 / 12:28 pm

    Oohh these look so good! I'm planning on making some mince pies this weekend 🙂
    Roshni’s Journey

  7. Simplybeautifulelegant
    21 Dec 2013 / 12:40 pm


  8. molly
    21 Dec 2013 / 12:55 pm

    i love gingerbread, your ones look amazing xxx

  9. Zazie Bibi
    21 Dec 2013 / 12:58 pm

    mm sounds delicious! xx

  10. Ema
    21 Dec 2013 / 1:52 pm


  11. Lauren
    21 Dec 2013 / 2:45 pm

    These look so good, I think I need to try as I've not made any gingerbread men this year!

  12. Sara Chergui
    21 Dec 2013 / 3:25 pm

    It looks so yummy !

  13. Anna
    21 Dec 2013 / 3:56 pm

    These look so tasty!

  14. Amelia September
    21 Dec 2013 / 4:46 pm

    They look amazing! Gingerbread is the best xoxox

  15. Amelia September
    21 Dec 2013 / 4:46 pm

    They look amazing! Gingerbread is the best xoxox

  16. Nicolelorraine
    21 Dec 2013 / 6:14 pm

    I love gingerbread! Thanks so much for the recipe, definitely trying it out! Happy Holidays Suzie!

    Nikki |

  17. Emily Allen
    21 Dec 2013 / 6:59 pm

    These sound so yummy, I may get some molds for a ginger bread house and use this recipe! xx


  18. Emily Golding- Beauty By Emily
    21 Dec 2013 / 7:24 pm



  19. Celina
    21 Dec 2013 / 8:12 pm

    I love gingerbread cookies! I always buy them because I'm always missing an ingredient or two when I try to make them but maybe this year I'll make an effort to actually purchase all the ingredients. Mmm!
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  20. Bonjourluce
    21 Dec 2013 / 9:59 pm

    Can we bake them again soon, but rather than bake them, just eat the dough?


  21. Nancy Wilde
    21 Dec 2013 / 10:48 pm

    I've never tried to bake such glorious christmassy iconic thing… Shame on me. I don't even have decent cookie cutters!

  22. Amy
    22 Dec 2013 / 9:29 pm

    These look delicious! I'm going to be making some of these and give them to my family as an extra Christmas present x

    Amy |

  23. the blogging novice
    23 Dec 2013 / 1:00 am

    It says cinnamon in the ingredients but mixed spice in the method? These look so good though!

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