Snack Recipe- Spooky Gingerbread Men

Another spooky yet adorable recipe coming your way! This time it’s Halloween Gingerbread Men. 

We all know this biscuit is typically made at Christmas and covered in cute decorations BUT, throw some fangs on them or give them Skelton features and they’re perfect for Halloween. That warm gingery flavour just makes me feel so cosy on an autumn day (and there's plenty of those going around at the moment).
Before I start with the ingredients, let me give you a piece of advice; ALWAYS USE REAL BUTTER. I made the mistake of using margarine the first time round and they doubled in size in the oven…but outwards, so they looked like sad, chewy pancakes…not what we’re looking for! So get yourself some real unsalted butter and it’ll work out much better.


Ingredients 

200g Plain Flour 
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda 
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
2 tsp Ground Ginger 
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon 
120g Unsalted Butter
170g Light Soft Brown Sugar 
60g Golden Caster Sugar 
1 egg 
1 1/2 tbsp Black Treacle (I used honey and it worked just fine)

To Decorate

Writing Icing In Your Favourite Halloween Colours- I just used red and black


Method

The mixture makes approx. 25 biscuits  

To start with, in a large bowl add your butter, treacle/honey, brown sugar and salt and mix until the ingredients incorporate together, then add your egg to combine. Finally, add the rest of the dry ingredients except for the caster sugar, once the mixture is a nice thick, paste consistency, leave it to chill in the fridge for 1 hour. 


After it’s hour chill in the fridge, take the mixture out and preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/ Gas Mark 4, these only take 10 minutes at most to cook so you need to keep an eye on them as the oven is so hot. Grease a tray with any leftover butter you have or margarine and flour your counter ready to shape the mixture! 


Take a couple of handfuls of the mixture and roll it into the flour to create a loose dough, roll this out with a rolling pin to about the thickness of a £1 coin; make sure the surface, the dough and the rolling pin are constantly floured so that nothing sticks. Using a cookie cutter (or free-hand if you’re that good) make your gingerbread men! 
Now you can use the caster sugar, weigh it out into a little bowl and coat your gingerbread men in the sugar before transferring them onto the tray.  


Bake them in the oven for around 10 minutes or until golden-brown but check them after 5 minutes, once they’ve cooked leave them on a wire rack for around 15-20 minutes to cool completely before decorating! 


Once cool, you’re pretty much free to decorate any way you want! I made a little vampire man just by putting red fangs on him and little red dots on his body, then I made a kind-of ghost/apparition by going around the outline with black icing and adding some red eyes and finally I tried to do a skeleton but that didn't go super well as my icing pen is very thin and sticky so it’s hard to get perfect lines for a skeleton, so I added a funky expression on his face! 


Coating the biscuits in sugar before baking is a great idea, they aren’t too sweet because of the balance of the spices but still have a lovely sweet crunch and all I can say is, I’m glad this recipe makes so many! 
I really liked the way they came out, some of them were slightly over-done so were a bit drier than others but they all still tasted great. Both I and my partner really enjoyed them and it was a nice treat to take a couple to have with lunch at work, I think with the decorating it’ll make a nice recipe for kids to test out their Halloween decorating skills too!  
I will definitely make these again, but nearer to Christmas so maybe they can have a slightly more innocent appearance. 

Happy Halloween! 

H x

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