We’ve recently been reading The Gingerbread Man, so we thought we’d have a go ourselves to see if ours jumped out of the oven and ran away.


  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 175g sugar (I use approx. 75% granulated, 25% demerara)
  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp/75g golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp/25g treacle
  • a splash of vanilla

Sieve together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Add sugar and give a quick stir.

Rub in the butter to make ‘breadcrumbs’.

Stir in the egg, syrup, treacle and vanilla to create a dough. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Set the oven to 180C and prepare two trays with baking paper.

Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface to a thickness of around 0.5cm. Cut into shapes.

Bake for around 12-15 minutes.

This recipe makes lots of gingerbread men, so I froze about half the dough for another time.

Once cooled, decorate. We ate ours straight away in case there were any sly old foxes about.