Hello my frosted fairies! I hope your kitchens are filled with warm, sugary mince pies and other joyous delights. Please make sure that after a day of Christmas shopping or exploring a festive market, you get toasty by the fire and have something baking in the oven which will warm you and your loved ones up as soon as possible! The following passage from A Christmas Carol immediately lulls me into a dreamy vision of Christmas; the excitement of that last-minute shop, the many wintry scents honeying the night air and the exquisite gifts carefully wrapped together with the softest satin ribbons. It is truly magical!
“The Grocers’. oh the Grocers’. nearly closed, with perhaps two shutters down, or one; but through those gaps such glimpses. It was not alone that the scales descending on the counter made a merry sound, or that the twine and roller parted company so briskly, or that the canisters were rattled up and down like juggling tricks, or even that the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose, or even that the raisins were so plentiful and rare, the almonds so extremely white, the sticks of cinnamon so long and straight, the other spices so delicious, the candied fruits so caked and spotted with molten sugar as to make the coldest lookers-on feel faint and subsequently bilious.”
Christmas Day is only a few sleeps away. I hope you have your gifts wrapped, stockings ready, decorations assembled and of course, your festive treats baked! In my opinion, nothing cures the winter chills like a freshly baked batch of gingerbread men ~ a childhood classic no one can resist! Whether you prefer them plain, with buttons and bows, or with Smarties for eyes, baking and decorating gingerbread men is fun at any age! In primary school, my favourite biscuit that my mum would select for me would be a gingerbread man. With its smooth texture and warming flavours, it always went down a treat!
It has now become a tradition for me and my mum to bake a batch over the festive season, especially on Christmas eve. My brother and I would take turns cutting out the silhouettes of each biscuit and then we would attempt to decorate them as best we could! Whilst making these little delights, I made sure to light my ‘Snowflake Cookie’ candle and I had Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat.
I wish that this post inspires you to whip up your own batch of gingerbread men in preparation for Christmas day! They are the perfect winter indulgence for the entire family ~ going magically with a cold glass of wholesome milk or a few sips of hot chocolate.
A link to the original recipe can be found here ♡
For the gingerbread:
350g of plain flour
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp of ground ginger
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
125g of butter
175g of brown sugar
4 tbsp of golden syrup
For the gingerbread men:
- Pre-heat the oven to 180˚C and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into a large mixing bowl.
- Add in the butter and combine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
- Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together. Add to the dry ingredients and combine them well.
- Tip the dough out, knead until smooth. Once this is complete, roll the dough out to a 0.5cm¼inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on a baking tray, leaving a gap between them.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Once the gingerbread men have cooled down, roll out a small amount of fondant icing on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar.
- When you have rolled the fondant out, proceed by using the same gingerbread cutter to cut out an iced silhouette.
- Cover the back of silhouette with a few drops of water and apply to the gingerbread man (repeat this process with each biscuit.)
- Once each gingerbread man is covered with icing, proceed to decorate them in any way you desire – sprinkles, Smarties, and any other sweet treats!
Here are a few more pictures of the end result! ♡
If you enjoyed this post, please let me know by leaving a little sugary gum drop in the comment section below! Also, if you decide to bake these adorable biscuits, please tweet me or send a picture of the end result on Instagram @xxsophiebeth and remember to use the hashtag ~ #frostedfairies ♡
Merry Christmas and happy holiday baking, my frosted fairies! ✨🍰