I absolutely love Christmas and all the extra stress it brings, I thrive on it! 😉 I also love baking and getting my son James involved as much as I can. We both have such a sweet tooth, so making gingerbread family Christmas decorations with James seemed perfect to start a Christmas tradition as a family!
Here he is all eager to get started! I used the Jamie Oliver recipe as I’ve tried and tasted it previously. James loves to get hands on, so getting all the ingredient’s out of the cupboards, and all the utensils out of the drawers, is just a great way to get your little ones engaged and interested in all the fun baking has to offer. Who doesn’t’ love any excuse to get messy, and this recipe is great for that! 🙂
What You Will Need:
300 g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
125 g unsalted butter
100 g soft light brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup
1, Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4 and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. In a large bowl combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the spices.
2, Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan over a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves, then add it to the dry ingredients. Stir in until it forms a stiff dough, then cut it in half.
3, Roll out to 5mm thick, leaving a 2cm gap between each. Save the cuttings to make more people, or round ginger biscuits.
4, Carefully lift onto the baking sheets and bake the gingerbread in the oven for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.
5, Leave to cool on the sheet for a few minutes – if you want to hang them as decorations, now is the time to pierce a hole through the top of each with a skewer – then move to a wire rack.
6, Once cool, ice the gingerbread men and decorate with whatever you and your littles ones love to use from edible glitter & sprinkles to dried fruit or sweets.
7, Use curling ribbon, string, or coloured ribbon to thread through the holes and cut to the length required.
As you can see we did have lots of fun rolling out the dough and cutting our gingerbread family. James wanted to do everything and he loved sprinkling the flour everywhere saying, “it’s snowing mummy,” so cute! I think I have a Paul Hollywood in the making! haha
Now I know they may not look perfect! a few with funny shaped heads, and wonky arms/legs, but I was so proud of all the effort James put into making and cutting these gingerbread family shapes out. We used white icing and silver edible balls for decoration, and different coloured curling ribbon to hang on the twigs. You can use whatever you want to decorate your gingerbread family 🙂
There you have it our simple decorated gingerbread family. If you love this recipe you may also enjoy making some delicious cupcakes 🙂 I hope you have as much fun as we did making these and making your own family Christmas traditions 🙂
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Author: Mandy J McDonald
A UK Family Lifestyle & Days Out Blogger – Sharing our mini family adventures & my love for all home and garden inspirations with lots of tips & tricks!!!