What we're making

Half-sugar festive gingerbread shapes - 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. 

Recipe makes approx 24 gingerbread shapes.

What you'll need


350g plain flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

125g butter, cubed

100g light soft brown sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 tbsp golden syrup



Mixing bowl

Weighing scales

Wooden spoon

Cookie cutters

Rolling pin

Baking Tray x 2

Grease proof paper

How to do it

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. Pre-heat 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 1cm gap between each shape.

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

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