Sugar and spice and all things nice - gingerbread men are fun to make, delicious and also make great presents at Christmas or any time of year!

30 mins


15 mins



  • 2 ⅓ cups of plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g Devondale Unsalted Butter
  • 175g brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbs golden syrup
  • Extra flour for rolling out
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups of icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Food colouring, if desired
  • Candy coated chocolates to decorate

Step One

Ask an adult to help you preheat a fan-forced oven to 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper.

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Step Two

Combine sifted flour, bicarbonate soda, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom together into a food processor bowl. Add Devondale Unsalted Butter and blend until the mix looks nice and crumbly. Mix in the sugar and stir it well.

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Step Three

Add the egg and golden syrup together in a bowl and lightly whisk, before adding them to the food processor. Ask an adult for help using the food processor. Use the “pulse” function to make the mixture clump together.

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Step Four

Tip out the dough, knead until it feels smooth and then cover with cling wrap. Put it in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool down.

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Step Five

Scatter the extra flour on your rolling surface so that the mixture won’t stick. Roll the dough out to ½ cm thickness. Using gingerbread man cookie cutters, cut out the gingerbread men into shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. You can buy all kinds of different shaped cookie cutters from cooking stores so feel free to let your imagination go crazy!

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Step Six

Put in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. After leaving them to sit for 10 minutes, place onto a wire rack to finish cooling before decorating.

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Step Seven

To make the icing, place the egg white and lemon juice into a large, dry mixing bowl and beat until foamy then gradually add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, smooth and shiny. Turn to high and beat approximately 5 minutes till stiff and glossy. If you’d like coloured icing rather than white, add food colouring and mix well until the colour is even. Then, transfer the icing to a piping bag to pipe onto gingerbread men. TIP: If you don’t have piping bags pour icing into small plastic bags. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and use to pipe icing over gingerbread men.

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