This is my take on some festive little gingerbread men. I think dressing them in Santa’s boots makes them look so cute. The biscuit isn’t has hard to the bite as traditional gingerbread men are, and the flavour is a little less overpowering. I wanted to make them a bit more like normal biscuits in texture. I did cheat a bit with the decoration though. I purchased ready made writing icing in a tube in the colours I needed, but feel free to make you own icing to pipe onto them.
- 200g unsalted butter allowed to reach room temperature
- 150g light brown sugar
- 300g self-raising flour
- Pinch of salt
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger.
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg.
- 3 tubes of writing/piping icing in red, black and white.
1. Start by weighing out your sugar and adding it to a bowl.
2. Then weigh out your butter. Cut it into cubes and add to the bowl.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together fully with a fork so that no lumps of butter remain.
4. Weigh out the flour and sieve it into the bowl. Add a pinch of salt, the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
5. Then fold everything together into a dough using your hands. If you find your mixture is too dry, you can add a very small slither or 2 of butter and fold this into the dough.
6. Put the dough into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.
7. Dust your work surface with flour and remove the dough from the fridge.
8. Start to preheat your oven on gas mark 4 and grease a baking tray with butter.
9. Take a section of the dough and roll it out to just under 1cm thick and use a man shaped cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes.
10. Remove the excess dough and put it to one side to reuse later.
11. Carefully move the biscuits over to the baking tray, making sure that there is room for any expansion in between.
12. I placed them in the oven near the higher side of the middle of the oven for 10 mins.
13. After I turned the tray around and left them for a further 5 mins.
14. Once cooked, I removed them from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Once the tray was cool enough to be touched, I carefully removed them from the tray and left them to cool fully. Don’t worry if they seem a bit soft as they will harden as they cool.
15. Repeat steps 9 – 14 in order to use up the remaining dough.
16. Afterwards it is time to decorate your gingerbread men. Prepare your black icing with a small round nozzle. Use this in order to pipe 2 eyes and a mouth for the faces on each biscuit.
17. Next get your red icing ready in the same way. Use this to cover all of the gingerbread men’s feet with red boots.
18. Lastly, do exactly the same with the white icing in order to add the fluffy white trim to the tops of each boot.
19. Repeat steps 16 – 18 for the remainder of your biscuits. The decorating steps are optional however, or you could use your own ideas for decorating them.
20. Gently move your biscuits into the fridge and leave them until the icing has hardened off before serving.