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Recipe - (Non) Gingerbead Men

By December 02, 2017 , , ,

Large, medium & small gingerbread shaped biscuits, decorated with icing

For my second Blogmas post, I thought I'd share with you a tasty festive recipe. 

I really don't like ginger. It reminds me of being pregnant and trying (and failing) to curb the morning sickness. However, I love the whole gingerbread men shape and it's association with Christmas. So, for this recipe, I ditched the ginger and went for chocolate and the tasted great!

Large, medium and small gingerbread shaped biscuits laying on white background.
 Ingredients:

115g butter
150g caster sugar
1 egg
225g plain flour
25g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder

To decorate:

3-4 tbsp icing sugar mixed with small amount of water
sugar balls, chocolate chips etc (if desired)

Large, medium and small gingerbread shaped biscuits presented in a gift bag
Present as a 'family' and give as a gift for Christmas


Method:

1) Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until creamy, add the egg and beat.

2) Add the flour, cocoa powder and baking together to the mixture and combine together with a wooden spoon.

3) Gently knead the ingredients into a ball, cut in half and wrap in two pieces of cling film. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

4) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/Gas mark 4.

5) The dough will be sticky, so I roll it out onto a piece of baking paper and then transfer the paper and the biscuits directly to my baking tray to avoid any mis-shapen biscuits. Once rolled out to desired thickness, use gingerbread men cookie cutters to shape your biscuits. I like to use 3 different size ones and give them as gifts of 'Chocolate Bread Family'.

6) Bake larger biscuits for 12-15 minutes and smaller ones for 10-12 minutes.

7) Leave to cool slightly on the baking tray before transferring to a cooling rack.

8) Decorate as you wish.

Enjoy!

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19 comments

  1. Lovely :)!
    I like the idea of a non ginger, ginger bread man :)!

    Kelly
    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

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  2. What a great idea! Ginger is not a popular flavour with children in my experience. x #HoneybeeLinky

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  3. What a great idea. I love ginger biscuits (especially if they’re topped with dark chocolate) but I’ve never liked gingerbread men for some reason. I’d love to give these a go.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

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    1. Thank you for commenting. If you get chance to make them, I hope you like them.

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  4. Oooh lovely! I will have to try these with my 2! #mainyloveschristmas

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  5. I feel the same about ginger as you, reminds me of being pregnant lol. But I still love gingerbread men these look delicious #mainyloveschristmas

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    1. It's got such a pregnancy connection, hasn't it? Thank you :)

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  6. I love you for this! I've always wanted to make gingerbread men but I too hate ginger. I wanted to make cookies with my little one to leave out for Father Christmas. These are perfect!

    #mainyloveschristmas

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    1. Aww...I hope you enjoy them! And Santa too! :)

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  7. These are a fab idea! I think I might have to give these a try. I'm not keen on ginger either. #mainyloveschristmas

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  8. I'm trying these too! The kids will be over the moon as they are not keen on ginger. I'll make two batches, one with ginger for me and one chocolate for them...it's a good strategy I think!:)
    Thanks for being part of the #mainyloveschristmas linky it's great having you part of it:)
    Mainy

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  9. What a neat idea for an alternative flavour. Merry Christmas X #mainlyloveschristmas

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  10. Great Post! I love this! I did something like this once but it was a cinnamon and spiced cookie in the shape of a gingy man :)

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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