Monday, 20 December 2010

festive baking

After my post last night I went straight to the kitchen and baked some gingerbread men using my ABC (Already Been Chewed) cookie cutters that Liam bought me for my birthday in August. I had been saving them until December because gingerbread men are the perfect thing to bake with them!

I followed the recipe below but made a bit of a mistake because I used molasses sugar when the recipe suggests, by measuring it in MLs, that molasses is some sort of liquid. Despite this, my gingerbread men turned out perfectly. They're nice and spicy, crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside! I also didn't have an electronic set of scales so I would have found it impossible to measure out 2 or 3g of the spices so I just guessed. I think I used about half of a teaspoon of each but I mostly done it by tasting the mixture and deciding how spicy I wanted it.

Recipe via
Makes 2 1/2 dozen.

110g margarine
100g sugar
120ml molasses (I used 110g of molasses sugar)
1 egg yolk (I used 2 to make up for the lack of liquid in the molasses)
250g sifted all-purpose flour (I used self raising and left out baking soda and powder)
3g salt
2g baking powder
2g baking soda
1g ground cinnamon
2g ground cloves (I left these out and added extra cinnamon)
2g ginger
2g ground nutmeg

001. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover, and chill for at least one hour.

002. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

003. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Frost or decorate when cool.

Making these has actually reminded me of an old kids TV show I used to love called The Gingerbread Man. I think there's an ancient VHS of it still in a cupboard somewhere but I've managed to find the intro and a short clip on Youtube and it's brought back so many memories! Does anyone else remember it?!


  1. Those look lush !!
    I really feel like a good old gingerbreadman now
    i just need the ingrediants and a cookie cutter
    haha :)

  2. Looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe =D

  3. Yum yum! Im giving lots of my family gingerbread men for christmas. I used to love that programm! I just noticed in the opening titles that andrew sachs does one of the voices!

  4. I definitely remember the Gingerbread TV show! Total blast from the past.

    I have a very wholesome, cute set of Gingerbread family cutters (including teeny tiny baby gingerbread person!) but these are way better!

  5. they look so nice!xxxx

  6. Mmmmm these look delicious - I'm craving gingerbread now! Sally x

  7. They look so yummy!! I love gingerbread men, those pics remind me of the gingerbread man from shrek haha

  8. These look really cute :) Well done :)

    L x

  9. For my New Year I made NINJA bread men! <3 your ones though!!