• Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: about 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes
  • Makes:25


    125g unsalted butter
    100g dark brown muscovado sugar
    4 tbsp golden syrup
    325g plain flour, plus extra for dusting and dipping
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    2 tsp ground ginger
    Dr Oetker Writing Icing (optional)
    Waitrose Cooks’ Homebaking chocolate mocha beans (optional)
    Coloured string, for decorating (optional)


    1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3.  Line 3 or 4 baking trays with baking parchment. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, until melted, then remove from the heat and set aside.

    2. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl. Stir in the melted ingredients to make a stiff dough.

    3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll to a 5mm thickness. Using gingerbread men cutters, dip into some extra flour before cutting out shapes. Place onto the lined trays and, using a skewer/knife, make two holes for eyes and draw a mouth. Bake, in batches, for 9-10 minutes until light golden brown.

    4. Leave to cool on a wire rack. If desired, use the icing to stick on beans, then attach string for bows. Store the biscuits in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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