Gingerbread men

During Christmas time there's nothing better than making some traditional dishes, cakes and biscuits, maybe with children. The famous Gingerbread Men are the perfect idea for your winter afternoons before Christmas. Don't forget to decorate them, to make them alive!


  • Italian 00 flour 400 grams
  • ginger 3 tablespoons of grated ginger
  • cinnamon 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • nutmeg half a teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • baking soda a teaspoon of baking soda
  • baking powder half a teaspoon of baking powder
  • salt half a teaspoon of salt
  • butter 100 grams
  • eggs 1 unit
  • brown sugar 200 grams
  • maple syrup 4 spoons of maple syrup
  • egg white 1 unit
  • lemon one teaspoon of lemon juice
  • icing sugar 60 grams

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90 minutes Total time
8 minutes Active time
Serves 30 persons
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Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda), add cinnamon powder and a pinch of grated nutmeg. Peel off a ginger root and grate about 3 cm of it onto the other ingredients. Whisk together eggs and brown sugar. Add butter and maple syrup and work until soft and even. Incorporate the dry ingredients and work more. Set aside for one night. The day after, roll out the dough until fairly thick (4-5 cm). Cut out the men-shaped biscuits. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 180°C. Once baked, make an icing by whisking egg white, lemon juice and sugar. Once it's fairly thick, use it to decorate the Gingerbread Men.

Work the dough quickly, otherwise the biscuits won't be compact enough.
These days you can find Gingerbread Men throughout the whole world; nevertheless, their origin in British.

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