Gingerbread Men


100g salted butter

3 tbsp maple syrup or rice malt syrup 

100g dark sugar

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2tbsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

225g plain flour

50g icing sugar

2 -3 tbsp milk 



Heat the butter, maple syrup and sugar together in a small pan until melted, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool slightly. Once cooled slightly pop it into the bliss blender to mix together well. Take it out and into a bowl set aside. 


Mix together the bicarb, ginger, cinnamon and flour in The blender, Pour in the buttery syrup mixture and stir to combine, then use your hands to bring together to form a dough. The dough will be soft at this point, but it’ll firm up in the fridge.


Put the dough on a sheet of baking parchment, shape into a rectangle, and lay another sheet of parchment on top of it. Roll the dough out to a thickness of about ½cm. 

Next, Transfer to a baking sheet to keep it flat, leaving the parchment in place, then chill in the fridge for about 1 hr.


Heat the oven to 185 degrees and line a large baking sheet with more baking parchment. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut out gingerbread man shapes using a cookie cutter.  We also made some with smaller star cut our shape cookie cutters.


Place the shapes, spread apart, on the lined baking sheet, and bake for 10- 15 minutes (Depending on the size of the cutters you use, they might need a few minutes more or less cooking in the oven). Leave to cool completely on the baking sheet.


Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar with 2-3 tbsp of milk – you want to create a consistency that’s thick and pipeable, and not too thin or it will run. Decorate the cooled biscuits with the icing using a piping bag with a thin nozzle of a glad wrap bag cut one small hole and pipe away.  Add some icing to create eyes then stick on stars for eyes. Then pipe on a face. Let the kids join in it’s a great activity for them. Dust with sugar. Enjoy 😊