Gingerbread popular at Christmas

Making gingerbread men is a fun cooking activity you can enjoy with kids of all ages.

Making gingerbread men is a fun cooking activity you can enjoy with kids of all ages.

• 125g butter, softened

• 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

• 1/2 cup golden syrup

• 1 egg, separated + I egg white, extra

• 2 1/2 cups plain flour

• 1 tbsp ginger powder

• 1 tsp mixed spice

• 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

• 2 cups icing sugar

• 150g packet smarties or chocolate buttons to decorate

Heat oven to 180°C.

Cream butter and brown sugar together.

Add egg yolk and golden syrup and mix until combined.

Add flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarb soda and combine.  It will be crumbly.

Sandwich dough between baking paper and roll into a thin slab.

Use cookie cutter or knife to cut shapes.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Once baked, let cool for 10 minutes on the tray and then transfer to cooling rack.

To make the icing, beat the 2 egg whites until they are stiff peaks, add the sifted icing sugar and combine with a few drops of lemon juice.

Place into a piping bag and decorate the gingerbread men with the icing and the smarties.

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