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Delicious Gingerbread Man Recipe with Easy Icing

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love Gingerbread Men at this time of year! I even make a Gingerbread House for them to live in with this recipe. It's really handy to whip up and I have balenced the spices just so so that you won't end up with that aweful burning ginger mouth! 

THE RECIPE:

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The Ingredients:

  • 350g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 100g white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 125g butter
  • 75g honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp water

Now go and preheat your oven to 175°c and line some flat trays with baking paper/greaseproof paper. 

    1. Sift together dry ingredients

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    Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. 

     

    2. Melt butter and honey together

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    In a saucepan over a low heat until the butter has melted. Remove from heat and cool slightly. POur over dry ingredients and mix well.

    3.  Add your egg

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    Stir into the mix until combined. Once it starts to come together use your hands to shape it into a dough. Add a tablespoon of water at a time if it seems a little dry and won't form a dough.

    4. (OPTIONAL) Freeze your dough

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    Wrap Your dough in clingfilm and pop in the freezer for 15 mins to chill it. I only did this as my kitchen was very warm and my dough felt very soft. You can skip with step if you want.

    5. Roll flat and cut out your men!

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    Between two sheets of baking paper, roll your dough out until its about half a centimeter thick. You should be able to feel if your dough is too thick or too thin from lifting it gently. Using two sheets of paper means you don't need to add flour and make these cookies tougher. 

    6. Bake them boys! 

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    Repeat the roll out methis until you've cut out as many shapes as you can. Place them on a tray with a little room to grow between each one. Bake at 175°c in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes. For slightly softer in the middle cookie bake for 7 minutes. Bake until they are a deep golden brown on the edges and start to smell good. Thesent are a softer style of cookie so I recommend leaving them in for 10 minutes.

    7. Cool and then decorate

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     I cooled them completely before decorating. I melted 50g of milk chocolate to dip on their heads and feet. For the Icing I mixed 125g of sifted icing sugar with 2 tbsp of milk to form a very stiff, thick paste. When dropped from a spoon, the drizzle was still visable on the mix. I popped the icing into a piping bag with a thin, round nozzle and piped out little clothes on to their naked biscuity-ness. Leave to dry for a few hours.

    This Gingerbread Men are super yummy with a nice, balence of spices. They're crunchy on the outside but chewy in the middle and oh so perfect! I really hope you enjoy them! Leave any questions in the comments below and if you make them, tag me on Twitter or Instagram with @TheLadyLifeBlog.

     

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