• 50g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 240g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium free-range egg
  • 85g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp treacle
  • ½ orange, zested finely
  • 100g icing sugar, to decorate
  • 20g currants


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4. Line 3 baking sheets with greaseproof paper or grease the trays with a little butter.

  2. 2

    Put the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. 3

    Crack the egg into a jug. Add the sugar, syrup, treacle and orange zest and mix together. Add this to the flour and stir to combine. Use your hands to squeeze the mixture together and shape into a ball. Knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for 10 minutes.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle a little more flour over the work surface and roll out a quarter of the dough to about 5mm thick. Cut out small gingerbread men and put the biscuits on to the baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough, then bake for 10 minutes until golden. Let them cool for a few minutes, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. 5

    Mix the icing sugar with 1 tbsp water and use, with the currants, to decorate your gingerbread men.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 327kj 78kcal 4%
  • Fat 1.7g 2%
  • Saturates 1.0g 5%
  • Sugars 8.3g 9%
  • Salt 0.16g 3%

% of the Reference Intakes

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