Baking with children: Gingerbread men recipe

 My two children LOVE baking. Always have. 

They've been in the kitchen helping mix, dollop and roll ever since they were teeny toddlers.

Now they are that bit older (5 and 4) they are loving starting to weigh the ingredients themselves (great for Maths!), crack the eggs and reading recipes all by themselves. 

So not only do we create a yummy treat to eat, we also learn lots in the process too.

.....And create quite a bit of mess!! 

I made these little gingerbread men with my 4 year old. They were his request and he was so proud of them afterwards he asked to take them into school to hand out to his class. 

The class all thought they were yummy too!

This is our family apparently!
350g Plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1tsp cinnamon
125g softened butter
175g light soft brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup

To decorate:
Royal icing sugar mixed into a thick paste and put into a piping bag with the tip cut off or writing icing in a tube.
Any decorations you like, we used chocolate chips and confetti sprinkles.

1. Mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon, sugar and butter until they resemble breadcrumbs. Getting your hands stuck in here is the most fun way to achieve this!

2. In another bowl (or just in our case!), lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together. 

Add to the dry mixture until it clumps together. Tip the dough out and knead until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 180c and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

4. Roll out the dough to 0.5cm thick on a lightly floured surface. Apparently my boy doesn't know the meaning of lightly. He's definitely generous when it comes to dusting with flour. We wouldn't want any dough stuck now would we?

Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on a baking tray.

5. Bake for 12/15 minutes, until lightly golden. Leave on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Once cooled, decorate with icing and cake decorations.

These would make lovely home made gifts from the children to family and friends for Christmas, all packaged up nice in cellophane and ribbon. 

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  1. Hello! Love this recipe! Will definitely be pinning it to try out with my three year old - she has been doing about gingerbread men at nursery this term :-) #twinklytuesday

  2. Thanks for the recipe! Will have to make some with the girls soon xx

  3. These are so cute! Can't wait for my son to be old enough to join in. Thank you for sharing #busydoinglife

    Nadia - ScandiMummy x

  4. We love making gingerbread, especially at this time of year! #letkidsbekids

  5. They look so carefully iced and scrummy. Stopping by from #TAT

  6. Great recipe - such fun for children to join in with baking these :) Thanks for sharing #KidsinthKitchen

  7. Lovely recipe, they look like they were carefully iced. I love the smell of fresh baked gingerbread. popping over from #TAT xx
    Steph |

  8. I absolutely LOVE gingerbread men. I don't know why we've never baked some. These look so good!!! I bet they tasted delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe. We might have to try these around christmas. xx #letkidsbekids

  9. Fantastic gingerbread men. They are iced so nicely!
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

  10. A great recipe! We will be making these at Christmas time together with my 4 year old. Baking is great for learning and so much fun as well.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday :) x

  11. Wow, they look fab! Totally professional. Haven't been brave enough to attempt baking with our toddler yet but excited for it. Less excited about the cleaning after, certainly.
    Thanks so much for linking up with #fartglitter x

  12. Tin Box Tot loves baking but we haven;t been able to make anything quite as beautiful as your ginger bread men yet #toddlerapprovedtuesday

  13. Every year I say I'm going to make gingerbread and every year I give in and buy the decorating kits! It's going on my Christmas bucketlist and I've pinned this! Thanks for linking up with us at #toddlerapprovedtuesday this week, good luck in the giveaway! :) x


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