The easiest gingerbread recipe ever... perfect for making gingerbread men and Christmas trees! Decorate with the kids for a fun Christmas activity! 

Easy Gingerbread Recipe

The easiest gingerbread recipe ever... perfect for making gingerbread men and Christmas trees! Decorate with the kids for a fun Christmas activity! 
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Course: Biscuits, Christmas, Cookies
Cuisine: sweet recipes
Keyword: gingerbread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 28 minutes
Servings: 30 biscuits
Calories: 114kcal

Equipment

  • Beaters, stand-mixer or Thermomix
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 150 g golden syrup see notes for substitutes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 375 g (2 and 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tbs ground ginger see notes
  • 1 tsp bi-carbonate soda
  • pinch of sea salt

For the decorations

  • white icing pen (or white chocolate)
  • red and green M&Ms

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Line two baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 
  • Use an electric beater to cream the butter and brown sugar until pale and creamy. 
  • Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. 
  • Stir through the plain flour, mixed spice, ground ginger, bi-carbonate soda and a pinch of salt. 
  • Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead into a ball. Wrap in cling wrap and place into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour. 
  • Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 3-4mm thick. Use your choice of cutters (gingerbread man, Christmas tree, stars etc) to cut out shapes. 
  • Place onto the prepared trays (about 4cm apart) and bake for 8-10 minutes or until just lightly golden (do not overcook). 
  • Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Once they've completely cooled, decorate with red & green M&Ms and a white icing pen (or white chocolate). 
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Line two baking trays with baking paper and set aside. 
  • Place all ingredients (except for the decorations) into the Thermomix bowl and mix on Speed 6, 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then knead on Interval function for 1 minute. 
  • Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead into a ball. Wrap in cling wrap and place into the fridge for 1 hour. 
  • Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 3-4mm thick.
  • Use your choice of cutters (gingerbread man, Christmas tree, stars etc) to cut out shapes. 
  • Place onto the prepared trays (about 4cm apart) and bake for 8-10 minutes or until just lightly golden (do not overcook). 
  • Allow to cool on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Once they've completely cooled, decorate with red & green M&Ms and a white icing pen (or white chocolate). 
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Video

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
Soft gingerbread - gingerbread should be soft (almost bendy) when cooked. You can achieve this by cooking the cookies until just ever so lightly golden - don't overcook!
Ginger flavour - this recipe has a subtle ginger flavour that's perfect for kids. You can increase or decrease the amount of ginger if you prefer. 
Chilling the dough - for perfect shortbread that's easy to roll out and doesn't spread when baked, chill the dough in a ball shape wrapped in plastic wrap for a minimum of 1 hour in the fridge. 
Storing gingerbread - store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 
Freezing unbaked dough - If you want to prepare the gingerbread ahead of time, make the dough, roll it into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and place into the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow the dough to defrost in the fridge before rolling it out and baking. 
Golden syrup substitutes - you can substitute the golden syrup for corn syrup or maple syrup. 
Avoiding 'sticky' dough - chilling the dough will ensure that your dough ins't sticky! While it chills in the fridge the fat from the butter will have solidified, making it firmer and easier to roll out. 

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.7mg