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Gingerbread Men

By Chelsea Sugar
Gingerbread Men
36 servings
  • 87 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 10 mins
  • Serves

    2 cups Edmonds Standard Grade Flour
    ½ tsp Edmonds Baking Soda
    1 Tbsp ground ginger 
    1 cup Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar, Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar or Chelsea Organic Coconut Sugar
    150g Tararua Butter, cubed
    1 egg, beaten
    1 Tbsp Chelsea Golden Syrup

    1 egg white
    1 ½ cups Chelsea Icing Sugar
    1 tsp lemon juice

    Lollies or currants to decorate


    Preheat oven to 180°C bake (160°C fan-forced). Line two baking trays with baking paper.

    Place the Edmonds Standard Grade Flour, Edmonds Baking Soda, ginger and Chelsea Sugar in a bowl or food processor. Add Tararua Butter and rub in with fingertips or pulse in food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg and Chelsea Golden Syrup and stir or pulse to mix. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour until it forms a workable dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    Roll out on a lightly floured surface or between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Cut out shapes using biscuit cutters and place on trays. Form leftover dough into a ball and re-roll and repeat cutting out until dough is used up.

    Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

    Make icing by beating egg white with a fork until frothy. Fold in the other ingredients and place icing in a resealable bag. Snip off the corner and pipe decorations onto each biscuit. Use icing to attach lollies or currants.

    Recipe courtesy of Food in a Minute.

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Average Rating
(87 reviews)

It’s a great recipe!
Yum yum YUM!!!

it was amazing

Maybe change the instructions not to preheat the oven since you have to chill the dough for 30mins!

So yummy, easy, and I chucked in a bit of cinnamon too as I've been watching too many baking shows and believe I can alter any recipe like a pro.

Brilliant and yummy.

Such an easy recipe to make with my daughter's, turns out perfect every time.

Excellent recipe made with my 4 year old granddaughter. Really nice texture. Added extra ginger.

Thanks, I am doing this for my school while In lock down.

First ever making gingerbread men and was really happy how it turned out but the only thing that needed more was the flour. I noticed that when i rolled the dough out it was fulling apart. But overall i did well.

I've made these a few times as my family likes them. But after I finish adding all the ingredients, I find the "dough" to be quite crumbly. When I go to roll it out, it's not easy to work with. I've tried adding water and flour when needed but doesnt make much of an improvement. I try not to add extra flour as you can taste it in the end result. Any suggestions? I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Does egg size matter? P.S. I add extra ginger.
Chelsea Sugar:
You could try softening your butter more before adding it to the mixture. You could also try using larger eggs.

Have made this time and time again, an absolute hit in our house

This is a really good basic recipe. Foolproof

it good but too thick i couldn't spread em

how many does it make?
Chelsea Sugar:
The recipe can make 36 gingerbread men depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

So quick and easy. Kids played with dough, shaped their creations, cooked and ate their cookies with milk. Awesome evening treat

So Good. I love this recipe. Go Chelsea Sugar


good :)

Missing something from this recipe. When followed was literally like breadcrumbs still

They tasted good (I added cinnamon) but the texture of the dough was all wrong. First, the mixture didn't come together in the food processor - it was just crumbs. So I added water and ended up needing 5Tbsp to make it form a dough. Then it was slightly sticky to work with. The biscuits spread and lost their shape a bit, although the 2nd tray, which had been re-rolled a few times and had extra flour incorporated, held their shape ok. They were yum but quite soft and breakable.

This recipe didn't work, and had to be altered mid-stride. I followed the instructions and ended up with a dry, powdery mess that needed more moisture. Adding 2 tsp boiling water (recommendation from another recipe I found online) to the ingredients solved the problem.

does it make a difference if you don't put the dough in the fridge?


Chelsea Sugar:
Yes, the spread of the dough during baking will be impacted.

Great cookie, tasted delicious. You could use water instead of egg white.

Add more golden syrup

Just made these cookies and the only thing I could fault was the icing was yum, but quite hard to work with. Made delicious cookies though, and now my sister is begging for more!!

Love this recipe! I made them with my grandma over Christmas last year. Totally recommend!

easy and tasty

Didn’t taste like gingerbread

Quick and easy and very gingery. Not fiddly like some recipes.

Needs more ginger but a really good ginger men. REALLY YUMMY.

Yumm the best gingerbread and I used wholemeal flour because I ran out of plain and honey because I had no golden syrup still amazing. Can't wait to make the Ginger bread house next time.

Made these cookies yesterday and the recipe is perfect. The kids normally pick off the topping on my gingerbread men cookies and leave the rest behind but I am having to make a second batch because the kids ate half of them before I even iced them

Really good recipe, thank you.

This is the best recipe that I have come across for making gingerbread. It’s absolutely soft to eat. This will be my go to recipe from now on.


A gooey mess! Even though I had measured everything carefully then refrigerated the dough for over an hour, it was too soft. The gingerbread men stuck to the cutter shape and the baking paper beneath. The only sensible thing I found was to roll walnut sized pieces of dough between my hands and then flatten then on the baking tray to make something resembling ginger nut biscuits. I liked the taste of the biscuits.

Great tasting recipe, and easy to make (although needed a bit longer in the fridge to harden). Sadly, I didn't get many Gingerbread Men out of the batch because my 5yr old kept eating the raw dough :)

Yummy and it makes plenty of cookies I love this recipe

Cookies all spread and didn’t maintain their shape. Disappointing.

I've made these 3 times now and each time I've had the same issue.
While these taste nice, the mix is VERY dry - I had to add a good 2-3 tablespoons of water to bring this dough together.
Wont be making again...

So easy to make, and they taste delicious. My grandchildren were a bit skeptical at eating them, now its their favourite biscuits.

Preheat oven then put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes? Silly!

Was very sticky and difficult to work with when rolling. Tastes OK, but could be better. They are fluffy like a cake. 2 stars.

I love this recipe its great and all of my family loves it. All of the children beg me to make it and they decorate them themselves

This is the best Gingerbread Men recipe I have found. We use it all the time. I leave out the golden Syrup for a lighter colour and texture. Chelsea is the first place I come to for great baking recipes they tend to be the best.

I added a heaped teaspoon of cinnamon. It was a great improvement. My grandchildren loved the MM’s and declared they were better than bought ones..

I am a 13 year old girl with a passion for baking and these cookies just win in my book. I've tried so many recipes where we had to dump a whole batch in the the bin but these are just so crisp and soft in the centre. My family also loves the subtle taste of ginger so we never change the recipe for more ginger unlike many other people.

Great Christmas cookies. Easy to do.

Yummy, and so easy to make. To combat warm room temp, I place each tray of gingerbread in fridge for 5-10 mins before popping in the oven.

YUMMY! #number1, awesome cookies but i did add a bit more sugar because its really gingery :) (i made my one on a hot day and they turn out awesome)

Can’t make this on a hot day, it’s way too soft even after half hour in the fridge and doing it on small batches

Easy and perfect results mine only took 6 mins in oven

Really yum and gingery. Was a bit soft to roll so popped back in fridge a couple of times in between.

Very yummy .. a good recipe to save

Really amazing and easy !!!

My gingerbread men turned out very fat, don't add baking soda!

My 3 years old and I made them together. It was so easy to make, and they are very tasty. We love making them!!!

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This recipe works really well and is easy to follow!!!!!!!!!

Great! Sooo fun to make! Yummmm!


It is a wonderful recipe!! My 3 years old son and I made them tonight! He loves them!!

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Received Christmas Tree ginger bread from our grandchildren, so yummy, had to get the recipe from my daughter-in-law. Thanks Chelsea and Sheryl for sharing the joy!

Yummy-best ever and fun to make. I freeze a whole batch in airtight container layered grease proof paper. Doesnt soften stays perfectly crisp! So you can look forward to one or two-sunday special treat. Thanks Chelsea

Totally worth making

Hands down the most flavoursome gingerbread recipe I've ever found. Made a double batch two nights ago, making another batch today, far too delicious to not do so.

These are very easy to make and I made about 40 cookies using a Christmas tree cutter....
And my wonderful partner helped me make them as well and we had to put them in the oven for 12 minutes they came out really good nice and crunchy.......

What an awesome recipe, quick and easy, best of all very tasty.

I doubled the ginger and added 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp allspice and 1 tsp vanilla essence. Cut these thin to make crisp gingerbread and thick to make a delicious, soft and chewy gingerbread. I bake twice a year so I'm not an expert but these were soooo easy to make!

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My daughter loved decorating the cookies (and eating the dough as well)!

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Simple and very good recipe. Crisp little gingerbread men. Am making another batch now to make my gingerbread house. Thank you. So glad I found an uncomplicated but lovely recipe.

The recipe was very easy to make and yum....


So easy to make. Delicious, though I think I will use more ginger as it was quite subtle.

:) we are going to try these soon they sound the best

This is the best recipe that I have ever heard I do it all the time.

This makes the best gingerbread men. LOVE this recipe.

love your food and baking so good 1 is never enough!

its in da oven yummy yum yum yum

Love it great recipe

Big fave in our household! Esp with skittles or sour skittles

Hi there, My name is Linsey I'm an Occupational Therapist and I used this recipe in an on-ward group.

Nice recipe, but needed to double the ginger and even then it wasn't quite to my preference :) Good for those who like a more mild gingerbread man, though, but if you like to taste the ginger I would add at least 2 Tbsp of ginger!

these are so good to make with your kids and also they taste AMAZING!!!

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I added a little cinnamon and mixed spice to mine. Tastes amazing!

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very amazing

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Easy with a 3 1/2 wee girl.. Esp when using the processer... great treat to leave out for Santa.. :0)

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My 2.5yr old had a great time helping me make these, loved eating the dough as well, but made some great shaped cookies. Thanks

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