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Gingerbread Men – Updated Recipe

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I am obviously a member of the bake club at work! When my turn came to feed the hungry team I opted for Gingerbread Men. Everyone loves the nostalgia of a Gingerbread Man, and being from Grantham, where they have been producing Gingerbread since the early 1700’s, it seemed like the only option. This recipe makes 10-12 and is an update to my previous recipe.


  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 125g butter (take it out of the fridge 15 mins before), plus extra for greesing
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp honey

 To decorate

  • Writing icing
  • Smarties


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (I have a new super hot oven, so set mine to 170C).
  2. Sift together the first four dry ingredients. Add the butter in cubes. Using your hands, crumble into the mix to produce breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Lightly beat the egg and honey together, add to dry mix and mould until the mixture comes together into a shiney ball.
  4. Grease 2 x baking trays with butter.
  5. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them (important as they will grow).
  6. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and Smarties.

You can find out more about Grantham Gingerbread here:


Author: soberandhungry

we love wine, we love food and we love sharing

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