Gingerbread Men for Christmas

Here is another great recipe from http://www.taste.com.au for gingerbread men.  Simple to make, tasty and children love them.  Great addition to the Christmas table.

Gingerbread men

Super Food Ideas – December 2010 , Page 40
Recipe by Katrina Woodman

Photography by Ben Dearnley

  • Ingredients
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup white chocolate melts
  • Silver cachous, to decorate
  • Method
  1. Step 1Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add maple syrup and egg. Beat to combine.
  2. Step 2Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon over butter mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir until just combined and a soft dough forms. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until smooth. Shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Step 3Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper. Roll dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using a 6.5cm-long, 7cm-wide gingerbread man cutter, cut shapes from dough. Re-roll dough scraps and cut to make a total 30 gingerbread men. Place, 2cm apart, on prepared trays.
  4. Step 4Bake 1 tray at a time for 20 to 25 minutes, or until just firm to touch. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Step 5Place melts in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium-high (75%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or until smooth. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner. Pipe faces and buttons onto gingerbread men. Decorate with cachous. Set aside to set.
Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread Man (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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