Gingerbread Men!

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A Chewy & Crunchy Christmassy Biscuit that everyone will love to Bake & Decorate!

I have been asking on my Facebook page recently what sort of Christmas themed recipes everyone wanted and this was 100% one of them – like so many people asked for it, I couldn’t not bake it! The only other Christmassy biscuits I have on my blog already are my White Chocolate & Cranberry Cookies and my Chocolate Orange Cookies and others – and don’t get me wrong, both of these are delicious – however, they aren’t gingerbread men.

I have had my troubles with gingerbread over the years strangely enough, even if it seems like one of the most common Christmas bakes. I have tried other recipes and they have all gone so wrong – spreading so much they form a giant cookie, or being so crunchy I feel like my teeth will break – this recipe though, its the perfect mix of crunchy & chewy, and they don’t spread! The men actually still look like men when they come out of the oven!

But anyway, this recipe honestly is my go-to gingerbread biscuit recipe, I have never failed with it since I developed the recipe and it has been a massive hit with all of my taste testers over time. I find it’s the perfect mix of all things spicy, and the biscuit is both crunchy and chewy at the same time which is what I am after in a Gingerbread biscuit.

Yes, I realise you are supposed to call these Gingerbread Biscuits, or Gingerbread People these days, but I stuck with the classic name. Also, the cookie cutters I have used for years are some my granny had, and the ‘female’ one was lost a long time ago… Needless to say, I could have just bought more, but I wanted to stick to traditions in my festive baking ways.

I updated the photos for this post when I created my Christmas Ebook, but the recipe has stayed the same. It’s not something I personally want to mess with any time soon! This sorta recipe is the perfect bake to top and decorate the Gingerbread Drip Cake recipe I have, and my Christmas Gingerbread Cake recipe!

I get several messages every year about what my favourite Gingerbread Biscuit recipe is and have I got anything to save the bakers from every other recipe they have tried, and this one is the solution. That is not meant to sound bigheaded in any way, but I honestly have never had any issues with this recipe in the entire time I have baked it.

As I write this, its the day before the 30th of November, so all I can think about is how its ‘officially’ the festive season starting tomorrow, and how I can start munching on my Advent Calendars tomorrow. Every year, I bake Gingerbread Men to munch on, and they last a good while as well. One of the best tricks? Making a Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and dunking *several* biscuits into the drink whilst decorating the house.

Gingerbread is one of the simplest, but best festive bakes around. There is the occasional person out there that doesn’t like Gingerbread, which is fair enough, but you can easily play around with the levels of spices to suit your personal tastes. I like my biscuits to be really ‘Gingery’ but my Fiancé prefers them to have a bit more spice from Cinnamon in.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Enjoy! X

Gingerbread Men!

A Chewy & Crunchy Christmassy Gingerbread Men Biscuit that everyone will love to Bake & Decorate!
4.93 from 13 votes
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Category: Biscuits
Type: Cookies
Keyword: Christmas, Gingerbread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 25 Cookies
Author: Jane's Patisserie


  • 375 g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 3 tsps Ground Ginger
  • 120 g Unsalted Butter (cold & cubed)
  • 175 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 5 tbsps Golden Syrup
  • 1 Large Egg


  • Preheat your oven to 190C/180C Fan and line 3-4 Baking trays with Parchment paper (or do it in two batches if you only have two trays!)
  • Add the flour, Bicarbonate of Soda, and Ginger to a large bowl and add the Cold, Cubed Butter to the bowl – 
  • Rub together with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs! (Or mix the four ingredients in a food processor till its breadcrumbs!)
  • Mix the sugar into the mix and combine, and then add the Golden Syrup and Egg - beat with a spatula/your hands until it is a smooth dough.
  • Knead the biscuit dough, and then Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.
  • Roll it out to 1/2cm thickness and cut out your desired shapes! I did Gingerbread men, snowmen, and Christmas trees!
  • Place them on the lined baking trays and bake in the oven for 10-11 minutes, cool on a wire rack fully, and then decorate how you please!


  • I like my biscuits very Gingery otherwise it just doesn’t float my boat, but feel free to use less! (Or even a different spice – like cinnamon!)
  • These biscuits will last for about a week in an airtight container, if they last that long!
  • It's best to decorate with things such as sweets, chocolate, or royal icing!
  • I don't chill my dough before baking. 
  • You can add in 1/2tsp of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and All Spice if you prefer it spicier! 
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Men!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* These are only estimates and can vary dependant on brands of ingredients and serving sizes.


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  • Kate Shelley
    October 24, 2020 at 2:08 am

    Hi, is this recipe suitable for gingerbread house?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 24, 2020 at 9:50 am

      As long as it’s baked for long enough to make the biscuit harder rather than a softer gingerbread it would be fine!

  • Beth
    October 10, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    5 stars
    Omg amazing thanks Jane
    Son and I were gonna decorate these as a practice run for Halloween but they aren’t going to last long enough to decorate 😂

    • Julie Marshall
      October 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      Hi Beth can I ask, was your dough quite sticky when you came to roll this ? I’m just making them as we speak and my dough is sticky

  • Louise Milner
    October 3, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    Wow wow wow, Fantastic recipe and they were enjoyed by all who ate them. Definitely a recipe to use again and again.

  • Carrie
    September 17, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Hello, what size cutter did you use for these?

  • Danielle
    July 14, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    Can these be cut then frozen? Thanks

  • Clare
    July 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    5 stars
    This is the best gingerbread recipe I have found. If you get the timing right, It’s nice and crunchy on the outside and softer in the middle. I found that the mixture was really dry after I added the syrup and egg, so I added a little water, then it was too wet and sticky so I added a little more flour, I had to play around with it a bit until I got a really lovely soft dough. Lovely taste and made our house smell wonderful,

  • Raman
    July 1, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    5 stars
    First time making gingerbread men, brilliant recipe! Thank you 😊

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  • Rachel S
    June 22, 2020 at 10:54 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely love making these! They are so simple and easy to do. You can bake them for 10mins if you like them really soft, or just leave them a minute or two longer for them to be a little crunchier.
    Great recipe!

  • Sarah Cheung
    June 3, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe – best gingerbread one I have tried! I’m an absolute beginner and the gingerbread men turned out perfectly. Thank you!

  • Jeanette cooke
    May 5, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    5 stars
    Made these for the first time grandson loved them he has now made them with his mum lovely

  • Jeanette cooke
    May 5, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    5 stars
    Made this for the first time for my grandchildren and thay loved them thay have gone on to make them amazing

  • Julia Harbinson
    April 20, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    5 stars
    Our first attempt at Gingerbread, was fun to make (with my 5 year old) and happy with our slightly deformed results. Taste really good- we didn’t have ginger so made cinnamon ones instead and they are yummy- a lot eaten in quick succession by my 2 year old! (we made mini men)

  • Dawn
    February 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    5 stars
    I made these with my 10 year old niece today and the were fabulous. We piped eyes and smiles on them and used smarties as buttons.
    On half of them, we dipped their feet in dark chocolate and covered them in snowflakes so that it looked like they had walked through the snow. We were both super chuffed with the outcome. Thanks for another excellent recipe Jane

  • Lisa
    December 22, 2019 at 6:41 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely love your recipes Jane! Would you take the bicarb out of this to make it stronger for a gingerbread house? Thanks 🙂

  • janine smith
    December 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Jane, I’ve just made these for the first time ever & they taste great , I made them into bigger than normal trees & managed to make 16. I’ve tried several of your recipes & they have all turned out ok, I only started baking last year so still a novice. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

  • Sharon Wall
    October 15, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    4 stars
    I made this to the letter but they spread a bit more than I’d hoped. Is there anything you can think I might have done wrong? They taste delicious and the texture is perfect for me, soft and chewy, they just lost a little definition during baking. PS I turned some upside down and made them into reindeer! 😂 Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 16, 2019 at 8:02 am

      It probably is just that they got too hot/soft whilst you were shaping them!

    • tayna x
      November 27, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      was your cookie cutter the same size/shape as the biscuits? xx

  • Vanessa Vallé
    December 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Jane,
    Can I recplace the golden syrup by somenthing else? It’s not a common product to find in Belgium.
    Thank you for your help!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      December 21, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      I’m not 100% sure I’m afraid, but after a google it says maybe Corn Syrup?!

  • Francine
    December 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Is there a step missing? Where and when do you add the sugar, golden syrup etc?

  • Molly
    November 27, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Can I leave the dough in the fridge overnight and bake them the next day?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 27, 2018 at 10:08 am

      I personally wouldn’t – I don’t chill this dough at all x

    • Scott
      November 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      5 stars
      Made these for the first time. Amazing!

  • Gemma
    November 25, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Could I add cocoa powder to make chocolate gingerbread?? How much cocoa powder would I need! Thanks 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 26, 2018 at 8:47 am

      I’ve never tried I’m afraid but I guess replace 25g of the flour with cocoa powder!

  • Nikki Huxley
    May 2, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Love these…but could they be made with gluten free flour?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 4, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Yes you can! But sometimes you might need a bit more flour as it can be sticky using it!

    • Nikki Huxley
      May 9, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Thank you, I will give it a go.

  • Linda
    November 29, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Adorable..I remember when my boys were young and we made and decorated gingerbread cookies….ah, the good ole days… 🙂

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 30, 2015 at 9:47 am

      So fun and good to do with kids! 🙂

  • abbiosbiston
    November 28, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Yuuuum! Definitely going to make these as part of my holiday baking.

  • Molly Hills
    November 27, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Cant wait to make these!!!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      November 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Yay! Thank you Molly! Enjoy them! 🙂

  • OldCountryGirl
    November 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    They look very cute 🙂


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