Why not change things up this year and instead of making gingerbread men turn them into reindeers! So cute and mega easy to do, why not make some sweet treats this Christmas? For yourself or a gift these will go down a treat!
So let me show you how to make them . . .
What you will need
100g butter – you can use a dairy free fat if you want to make them for those with allergies
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 85g soft brown sugar
- 1 and a 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp black treacle
- 1 tbsp water
220-280g plain flour, (depending on how wet your mix is you may need a bit more)
Put the sugar, golden syrup, treacle, water and spices in a pot
Bring to the boil, stirring all the time
Remove from heat and stir in cubes of the butter and the bicarbonate of soda
Next, stir in the flour bit by bit, until you have a sticky dough
Leave the dough covered in the pot in a cool place to become firm, this should take about 45 minutes to an hour
Preheat oven to 180C
Roll out dough on a lightly floured board and cut out the gingerbread men
Place them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and cook for around 10 minutes or until they feel firm-ish when lightly pressed, the little ones can burn so just check them after about 8 minutes
Time to decorate
I did pierce holes in my gingerbread men but really you don’t need to if you are going to be using sprinkles and chocolate to stick on eyes and a nose. I also used white chocolate (I had it left over) for the antlers however you could use icing, totally up to you.
Leave them to dry and you are all set.