Double ginger gingerbread men

Gingerbread men with a little more of a bite.

Makes 12 large gingerbread men.


  • 140g unsalted butter
  • 100g dark muscovado sugar
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 350g plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 balls stem ginger from a jar, chopped


  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan.
  3. Mix flour, soda, spices and a pinch of salt in a seperate bowl.
  4. Stir in the butter mix and chopped ginger to make a stiff-ish dough.
  5. Once cool enough to handle, roll out the dough to about 5mm thick and cut out gingerbread men, re-rolling and pressing the trimmings back together and rolling again.
  6. Lift the gingerbread men onto the baking sheets then bake for 12 mins until golden.
  7. Leave to cool 10 mins on the sheets before lifting onto cooling racks.
  8. Decorate to own taste.

Keep in an air tight container for upto one week.

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