Gingerbread Children Cookies

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How cute are these gingerbread children? They are easy to bake, and you can also get the kids to help you decorate – it’s fun for them!


3 cups plain flour

1½ cups caster sugar

1 tbsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

200 g butter, melted

1 tbsp golden syrup

1 egg, beaten lightly

Pink and silver cachous, to decorate


1 egg white

2 cups pure icing sugar, sifted

2 tsps lemon juice


1Sift dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine butter, syrup and egg in a small bowl, and stir into the dry mixture. Knead dough until smooth.

2Divide dough into 2. Roll 1 piece between sheets of baking paper until 3 mm thick. Slide dough on baking paper onto a tray. Chill 30 mins until firm. Repeat twice with remaining dough.

3Preheat oven to moderate, 180 C. Line 3 oven trays.

4Peel baking paper from top of dough, place back on dough. Turn over and remove top paper. Cut out dough with a 7-cm gingerbread cutter, lift with a palette knife and place about 3 cm papers on trays. Knead scraps together and re-roll. Repeat.

5Bake, in batches, 10 to 12 mins, until golden brown. Cool on trays.

6ROYAL ICING In a small bowl, with electric mixer, beat egg white until foamy. Beat in icing sugar, 1 tbsp at a time. Beat in juice.

7Decorate gingerbread with royal icing and cachous as shown.