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Half-Sugar Festive Gingerbread Shapes

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

This recipe uses half the sugar of other gingerbread recipes and is great for baking with children. Use gingerbread-men cutters, love hearts or stars to make a fun and delicious lunchbox or after school treat. 

Makes approximately 24 shapes

Preparation time is approximately 10 minutes (+ 15 mins chilling time)

Cooking time is approximately 15 minutes


350g plain flour

1teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

125g butter, cubed

100g light soft brown sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 tablespoons of golden syrup

How to make your festive gingerbread shapes

  1. Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Add the cubes of butter and mix /rub together with your hands until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

  2. Add the egg and syrup and mix with wooden spoon (or your hands) until a dough-like consistency. Tip the dough out onto a floured, flat surface and kneed briefly until smooth. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 15 mins.

  3. Preheat the oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with grease proof paper. Roll the dough out to 1/2 cm thickness (1/2 inch). Using the cutters, cut out chosen shape and place on baking trays, leaving a 1 cm gap between each shape.

  4. Bake for 12-15 mins until lightly golden brown. Cool and enjoy.



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