I love gingerbread men and really wanted to create the perfect homemade version similar to what I used to bake with my grandma as a kid. I tried a few different variations of this recipe before I decided to use this BBC Food recipe as a loose base for my biscuits and altered the ingredients to make it gluten free and vegan!
This recipe creates gingerbread that are lovely and soft in the centre but crunchy and chewy on the outside, the perfect gingerbread person in my opinion! I used a small cutter and managed to get over 30 gingerbread men out of this recipe, however, the amount of biscuits you create will obviously change depending on the cookie cutter you use. I bake mine for 8 minutes but, as ovens do vary, you may need to allow up to 10!
Ensure you allow the gingerbread to cool before you remove them from the parchment paper otherwise they may just crumble. They need to have cooled completely before you move on to the decorating phase otherwise any toppings may just slide off. I’ve made these with a traditional topping of royal icing before but I personally prefer them dipped in dark chocolate.
You will need to use a block of hard dairy free butter or margarine in this recipe. The dough will be quite sticky so you will need extra flour for this recipe as you will need to sprinkle it over your worktops, rolling pin and hands.
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