The Hummingbird Bakery gingerbread man recipe

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Gingerbread men
Gingerbread men
  • Makes: 24

  • Prep time:

    (plus overnight resting time)
  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Mid-price

The Hummingbird Bakery gingerbread man recipe will make perfect gingerbread men every time. You dont have to use a gingerbread man cutter if you don't fancy, but its so much fun to decorate each one individually, giving each a different outfit and facial expression as you go! Leaving the dough to rest overnight makes the cookies better the next day, and once you've rolled and cut out your shapes pop them on a baking tray and into the fridge for another ten minutes to firm up again. This will help them keep their shape when cooking, giving nice clean lines for a professional looking gingerbread man. This recipe makes 24 gingerbread men (or women!) - perfect for making and decorating with kids and giving out as end of term gifts. If you're making them for Christmas, why not pop your gingerbread men into a cellophane bag and tie with a festive ribbon?


For the dough:
  • 400g plain flour
  • tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 2tsp ground cinnamon
  • tsp ground allspice
  • tsp ground nutmeg
  • tsp salt
  • 180g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 125g soft dark brown sugar or dark muscovado sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 125g black treacle

For the royal icing:

  • 1 egg white
  • tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 310g icing sugar, sifted
  • food colouring, optional
  • gingerbread biscuit cutters
  • a baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper

Store these gingerbread men in an airtight container or cake tin for up to 4 days.


For the dough:

  1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Put the butter and sugars in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and cream on slow speed until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and beat in the egg and treacle, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  3. Turn the mixer back down to slow speed and slowly add the flour mixture a couple of tablespoons at a time, stopping often to scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Once an even dough has formed, take it out of the mixer, divide into 3 and wrap each piece in clingfilm.
  4. Leave to rest overnight in the fridge if you have time.
  5. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 170C (325F) Gas 3.
  6. Take the dough out of the fridge and leave to soften for about 10 minutes. Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and roll out the dough to a thickness of about 4 mm with a rolling pin. Cut out your gingerbread man shapes with the biscuit cutters. Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking trays and bake in the preheated oven for about 1015 minutes.
  7. Leave the cookies to cool slightly on the trays before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

For the royal icing:

  1. Beat the egg white and lemon juice together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk). Gradually start adding the icing sugar, mixing well after each addition to ensure all sugar is incorporated. Whisk until you get stiff peaks. If the icing is too runny, add a little more sugar. Stir in a couple of drops of food colouring, if using, and decorate the cookies.
This recipe is taken from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers
Photography by Peter Cassidy
Published by Ryland Peters & Small
Text Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers
Photography copyright Ryland Peters & Small

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really nice, love looking at the picture.


lambrou what kinda surname is that?


oh please be quiet


yes doesn't men u cn show off


Pauline can u just shutup

Pauline Lambrou

I made these today, consistency wise they are fantastic and they look great. I had to substitute dark soft brown sugar for light soft sugar, but they were very bitter. Perhaps a tablespoon of golden syrup or more sugar might sweeten them up a little. Otherwise I really like them and will make them again a little sweeter though.

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