Kids in the Kitchen making Ginger Bread Men

Gingerbread Men!


To me the smell of gingerbread men cooking takes me back to my childhood and it is something I now love to do with my own kids too.

I love  GINGER and enjoy the smell of it in the kitchen so much. This is such a fun Kids in the Kitchen recipe, perfect for an indoor activity like on a rainy day or as a cooking learning activity, letting them measure and follow the recipe list, mix and time the cooking. You would be surprised at how much can be learnt during cooking and it is wrapped up in this fun thing to do together with delicious results!

These can be made treat like or healthy, it really is up to you and things like what you want to decorate them with.

Big fan of GINGER? 
Check out our family visit to the amazing Buderim Ginger Factory

Ingredients
  • 125gms of butter, (soft)
  • 1 free range egg separated
  • 1/2 cup of fine organic brown sugar
  • 2 &1/2 cups of organic plain flour ( can use whole meal but makes them a different consistency )
  • 1 teaspoon bi carbonate of soda
  • 3 teaspoons of fine ground ginger
  • tiny pinch cinnamon
  • tiny pinch nutmeg ( a little goes a long way! )
  • 1/2 cup of golden syrup
  • icing mixture
  • Gingerbread people shape cutters
  • Piping bag
Method:
  • Pre heat oven to approximately 160`c fan forced
  • Line flat baking trays with sheets of baking paper
  • Mix butter, egg yolk, sugar together really well
  • Add in the golden syrup and flour, ginger, bi carb, nutmeg, cinnamon and mix together into a soft dough, kneading well until its pliable and has changed in colour.
  • Put covered in the fridge for 10 minutes to ‘rest’
  • Roll out with a rolling pin on a well floured flat bench, if it’s too sticky you may need to add a little flour to the mixture.
  • Cut out shapes and arrange on baking trays
  • Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until just browned and remove and gently place on cooling racks.
  • Once completely cooled mix some egg white with some icing mixture until it is a thick consistency. Separate and add some food colouring to different amounts if desired.
  • Decorate the gingerbread people with the firm icing.
  • Allow a couple of minutes to set.
Notes:
  • Add smiles, buttons and decorations by attaching choc chips, sultanas, cranberries, smarties, dried apple, dried apricot, carob nibs, organic cacao nibs, stevia chocolate chopped, dairy free chocolate chips, mini m&m’s, sprinkles etc with the icing - whatever you personally would like to use.
  • You can make these using hard coconut sugar in place of golden syrup if desired (comes in a log) which you finely grate and I would dissolve in hot water which is a healthy alternative that still gives a caramel like flavour, it is not as sweet so you will need to taste test the mixture and also adjust liquids to get the right consistency, alternatively you could use dark, raw agave or even honey but the flavour will be different.
  • Be very careful not to leave them in the oven too long as they will become hard. Remember biscuits continue cooking after they come out of the oven. If your not sure you can always try cooking one or two first before baking the whole batch to get the timing right as all ovens are a little different but 10 minutes is usually just right.
  • Be creative with cutters and shapes. You can make people, houses, dogs and cats, shapes, numbers, stars. Great fun to make with kids.
Thanks for reading!
Rebecca xx

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8 comments:

  1. My oldest, girl, LOVES making gingerbread men but she hates eating them - so I don't bother! Em x

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    1. Hi havealaughonme!
      Maybe she finds the ginger too strong?
      You cold swap the ginger for a little bit cinnamon for a milder flavour :)

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  2. This recipe is very similar to the one that I use. I just love gingerbread, and have made it every Christmas for around 20 years without fail. Over the last few years I have been making houses too, using them as teacher gifts and donating them for raffles at school. I just LOVE ginger! I have been to the Ginger Factory too, one of my sisters lives in Palmwoods. #teamIBOT

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    1. I love it too!
      Isn't the Ginger factory wonderful! And I love Palmwoods its gorgeous!
      I would love to see a pic of one of your ginger houses! I haven't yet tried making one!
      This recipe I make so much, I have shared this one on a few parenting websites too over the last few years, to me this balance of ingredient just works so well :)
      I am normally so bad at tweaking every time I cook, yes even my own haha! But this one I just stick too its a fail safe ;)
      Thanks for reading XX

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  3. I haven't made gingerbread men for ages! Mostly cause I hate the mess flower causes on the benches. I really should do it though, cause the kids would love it

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    1. Kids just love them hey! They seem to be a time old childhood favourite :)
      You could always wait for a sunny day and get the kids to roll and cut out the shapes on a trestle table outside! Less inside mess haha :)

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  4. This recipe looks great Bek - thanks for sharing!

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