Ever since I was a kid, we have made gingerbread men (I say men because that’s what I make, but if I need to be politically correct, then gingerbread people… thus I will refer to them as plain old gingerbread or gingerbread dudes…. cos everyone is a dude! 😉)
Here in Australia, we kind of make things all year round and don’t just leave it for special occasions. Some things we do; but mostly, if we like it, it gets made whenever we want it! That’s my story and I’m stickin to it! 😉 haha I LOVE gingerbread and will make it when the whim tickles my fancy!
Anyways, for us as a family; we make gingerbread at Christmas time and especially for the offering of Santa sacrifice… errm I mean, milk and bikkies for the big guy 🎅🎄🎁 and since I love gingerbread, it’s perfect!
My recipe is super easy and deliciously scrumptious!
The best bit is, if you don’t want to make them into people, you can use any cutter you like (hearts are fabulous for giving as gifts at Christmas or Valentine’s etc)
You can double or triple this recipe to get more out of your making session. This recipe yielded 35 dudes and 1 gingerbread jam drop! 😮 wow
Now… the recipe!
- 125g – butter
- 1/3 cup – firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 2/3 cup – maple syrup or golden syrup
- 3 cups – plain flour
- 1 tbspn – ground ginger
- 2 tspn – ground cinnamon
- 2 tspn – bi-carb soda
- 1 tspn – vanillabean extract
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup – icing sugar
- 1 tbspn – vanilla essence
- Food colouring and toppings to taste
- Preheat oven 180°C and line flat trays with baking paper. Spray lightly with cooking spary.
- In a large microwave safe mixing bowl (or melt butter separately then add to a mixing bowl) Melt butter and add brown sugar and syrup, mix and allow to cool slightly (approx. 5mins)
- Add the vanillabean extract, spices, bi-carb soda and flour to the melted butter mixture and thoroughly combine (hands might be needed and SO much fun – HINT: remove rings and dangly jewelry before mixing with hands and piping icing…. trust me on this! haha)
- Kneed the dough on a lightly floured (I use a bit of icing sugar and flour mixed together so as to not make my bikkies taste too floury!)
- Divide the dough in half and roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper, until about 5mm think (crispy bikkies – 1cm+ for chewy bikkies; however, the thicker the bikkies the longer the cooking time and less yield you will have)
- Cut out the shape you desire and place onto the papered trays.
- Bake for 12 minutes and allow to cool on the trays about 5-10 minutes before moving to a wire rack, so as not to break the gingerbread.
- Beat egg white in a small bowl with an electric mixer until just frothy; gradually add sifted icing sugar, beating between additions, until stiff peaks form.
- Tint as desired with various food colourings.
- Decorate gingerbread dudes with icing and other yummy toppings!
Make loads of these to eat over the festive season or to give as gifts and you’ll at least have the kids entertained for 20 minutes! Hahaha 😉
Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and a safe and wonderful New Year! 🎄🎁🎅💙