Gingerbread men

Make this quick and simple recipe for gingerbread dough with the kids. You don’t have to stick to the usual gingerbread men you can cut it it into whatever shape you like.

Makes:6 +


    • 175g (6oz) soft dark brown sugar
    • 90g (3oz) clear honey
    • 60g(2oz) butter
    • 350g (12oz) plain flour
    • 1 level tsp baking powder
    • 1 level tsp ground ginger
    • 1 level tsp mixed spice
    • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
    • Baking sheets, lined with baking parchment


    1. Place the honey, sugar and butter in a pan, and melt over a gentle heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
    1. Sift together the flour, baking powder and spices into a bowl. Pour in the melted mixture and the egg. Mix well. Knead on a lightly floured surface until it is smooth and thoroughly mixed. Keep the dough well-wrapped in a plastic freezer bag until required.
    1. To bake, set the oven to moderate, gas mark 4 or 180ºC/350ºF. Roll out the gingerbread on a surface lightly dusted with flour. Cut out the shapes and transfer to the lined baking sheets.
    1. Bake the pieces in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they start to brown. Remove from the oven and allow the pieces to cool on baking sheets.
    1. Once cold, the gingerbread pieces may be kept in an airtight container for up to three days. If the pieces are stacked up, place sheets of cardboard between the gingerbread to keep the shapes flat.

Nutritional information per portion

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.
Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.