Recipe | Gingerbread women and teddy bears

Gingerbread women and teddy bears decorated with icing

A board of lovely gingerbread ladies and teddies!

Making and decorating gingerbread men is fun for kids of all ages! I had planned to make gingerbread men, but then discovered that my cutters were for women and teddy bears!

Gingerbread women and teddy bears decorated with icing

A red dress with green stripes and black buttons for this gingerbread lady.

For the basic gingerbread mix, I used a recipe from BBC Food.

Ingredients

  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g butter/margarine
  • 175g light soft brown sugar – I used dark brown sugar, but it’s a matter of colour preference!
  • 1 egg (medium)
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

This gave me enough dough to make a BIG tub of gingerbread figures and shapes, as shown in the picture below:

Box full of gingerbread women and teddy bears

This recipe makes A LOT of biscuits!

Method

1. Put the flour, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon in your food processor. Add the butter and whiz everything together until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and blend.

2. Add the egg and golden syrup to the mixture and blend. At this point my food processor gave up so I tipped the mix into a bowl and finished the mixing by hand, combining everything until I had a smooth dough.

3. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

Gingerbread women decorated with icing

Gingerbread ladies in blue dresses with yellow and orange star details.

4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line as many baking trays as you have with greaseproof paper (I only have 2 and had to keep rotating them, unloading and reloading each time a batch of biscuits was done!).

5. Roll the dough out until it’s about 0.5 cm thick. You will need quite a lot of flour to stop it sticking to your board and rolling pin. Leaving the dough thicker gives you a chewier gingerbread, but a rounder surface which is harder to decorate. Rolling the dough thinner gives you a crunchier gingerbread, but a flatter surface which is much easier to decorate. Your choice! I went for a mixture of the two options.

6. Use cutters of your choice to cut out your gingerbread shapes. I also did a few hearts to use up the “left overs”. Put the gingerbread shapes on your baking trays, making sure you leave a bit of a gap between them to allow for any spread.

7. Cook for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. They can go from “cooked” to “burnt” quickly, so keep an eye on them. Leave on the tray for a few minutes and then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

Gingerbread women and teddy bear decorated with icing

Gingerbread lady in an off-the-shoulder red number with orange star ear-rings. Teddy wears a snazzy red tie.

Decorating

I mixed up some thick royal icing (just royal icing sugar and a tiny bit of water) and then piped blobs for the whites of their eyes. I left that to dry. For the rest of the icing I cheated and used shop-bought writing icing. It comes in a variety of colours, and the tubes – with their small outlets – make decorating much easier. I used a few sprinkles, sugar stars etc. for additional sparkle on the ladies’ dresses. I think I may be a frustrated dress designer! πŸ™‚

Gingerbread women men bear decorated with icing

A green number with matching green shoes, star choker and hem. Bear wears matching waistcoat!

The verdict

These gingerbread figures are easy to make, fun and colourful! My little boy really enjoyed helping me roll the dough and cut out the shapes. I gave him some of the more “squashed” looking biscuits to go mad on with the icing tubes. And he makes enthusiastic yummy noises when he gets one to eat.

Gingerbread woman decorated with icing

Went a bit mad with the pink sugar gems on her dress and shoes!

Gingerbread bear decorated with icing

A snazzy red waistcoat for this guy!

Gingerbread women decorated with icing

Last picture – I promise!

Β© Claire Huston / Art and Soul

 

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20 thoughts on “Recipe | Gingerbread women and teddy bears

    • Thank you! I must confess that I practised first on a few hearts I made with the extra dough – they certainly don’t feature in the photos! πŸ˜‰ But they still tasted great. I gave my toddler his own few to go mad on with the icing. They were… very impressionistic!

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  1. You should be posting some of these gingerbread fashionista’s outfits on those #ootd boards. They look like more care and attention has gone into their looks than mine on an average day… Gingerbread Girl Power!

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