Gingerbread Shapes Recipe

Gingerbread Shapes



225g plain flour plus extra for rolling out

2 teaspoons ground ginger*

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

225g sugar

110g butter or block margarine

1 egg beaten

2 tablespoons golden syrup


To decorate (optional)

  • Round sweets
  • Raisins
  • Chocolate
  • Cake decorations
  • Icing


  1. Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper or alternatively grease with a small amount of oil
  2. Mix all dry ingredients and rub in the butter or margarine (you can use a food processor if you have one)
  3. Add beaten egg and syrup and work into a ball
  4. Wrap dough in cling film and chill in fridge for 15 mins
  5. Preheat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4
  6. Dust a surface lightly with flour and roll out dough to 0.5cm thickness
  7. Cut your dough into shapes of your choice
  8. Place your creations on the baking tray, leaving a gap between and bake for 12-15 mins or until lightly golden brown
  9. Leave on baking tray for 5-10 mins to harden and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
  10. Now for the fun part, decorate your shapes to your very own personal style


* You can reduce the amount of ginger or even omit completely if preferred to give just a sweet cookie taste.








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