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Gingerbread Men Wreath

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  • Vegetarian

About the bake

This adorable Christmas decoration will bring a festive touch to your home along with sweet ginger scents and is of course delicious to nibble on too! Get creative with decorating your gingerbread men or leave them plain for a simple, elegant look.

115Total Time
1Prep Time
15Bake Time
10Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4) Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.

  2. Step 2:

    Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger into a bowl and then add the butter and beat until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

  3. Step 3:

    Stir in the sugar until evenly distributed.

  4. Step 4:

    Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and add to the mixture, beating until it forms a dough.

  5. Step 5:

    Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

  6. Step 6:

    Remove from the fridge and unwrap the clingfilm before rolling the dough out to approximately 1/2 cm thick.

  7. Step 7:

    Cut out 10 gingerbread men and arrange them on the tray so that each hand is just touching and each foot is overlapping so that when they bake the wreath will remain in shape.

    How to Make Your Own Biscuit and Cookie Cutters

    You can make your own templates to use instead of cookie cutters so you can make any shape of cookie you like! Draw directly onto a piece of baking paper, or trace an outline from a printed image. Cut the template out with a pair of scissors then place the template on your rolled cookie dough and carefully cut around the edges with a sharp knife.

  8. Step 8:

    Place the tray into the fridge to chill for an 20-25 minutes.

  9. Step 9:

    Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes before removing. Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

  10. Step 10:

    When fully cooled, thread a thin ribbon in and out of the wreath using the gaps between the gingerbread mens arms. Tie a bow when the two ends of ribbon meet and hang up in the location of your choice. For more inspiration on different ways to create gingerbread watch our video.

Ingredients

    • 350g Plain white flour
    • 2 tsp Ground ginger
    • 125g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 1 Free range large egg white(s)
    • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
    • 175g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 4 tbsp Golden syrup

Utensils

  • Baking tray
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Bowl
  • Cling film
  • Rolling pin
  • Gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • Ribbon

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