A mashup of a few recipes floating around the interwebs, using both golden syrup and treacle. Can be chewy or crispy depending on how thin you roll the dough out. Always a bit of an effort to do, but can be fun to decorate with friends, and if well-decorated go down a treat at bake sales etc.
400g plain flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100g butter / marge
175g brown sugar
½ tbsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp golden syrup
¼ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp ground nutmeg
4 tbsp black treacle
½ tbsp ground cloves
- Put the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and rub in the butter.
- Add sugar and stir in the syrup, treacle and egg to make firm dough. (Can store in fridge for a while if too sticky)
- Roll out to about 5mm thick (you’ll need plenty of flour) and cut out your gingerbread men.
- Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased baking trays.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in oven Gas Mark 4/5, until firm.
- Remove from baking trays to cool on wire racks, then decorate when cool – glaze icing made with water and cinnamon tastes nice with them.