Ingredients 1/3 cup of butter
1/2 cup of soft brown sugar
1 cup of flour
2 tablespoons of golden syrup
1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
Anything, really! Try almonds, sultanas or chocolate chips for eyes and buttons. Slices of cherry also work well to make mouths and rosy cheeks. Use food dye to make coloured icing sugar to spread on for clothing, or try using coloured icing pens for details.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly grease a baking tray, or cover with silver foil.
Place the butter and brown sugar in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to cream the butter and sugar together.
Sift in the flour and stir through until combined.
Add the golden syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger and mix until completely combined to form a gingerbread dough. Use a spoon to press the mixture against the sides of the mixing bowl to mix the golden syrup evenly through the dry ingredients. For the final stage of mixing, jump in with your hands to mix the ingredients into a small lump.
Use your hands to roll the gingerbread into a ball of dough.
Place the dough onto a lightly floured cutting board. Sprinkle some extra flour over the top surface of the gingerbread ball and over a rolling pin to prevent sticking.
Gently roll the gingerbread out, rolling from the centre to one side and back to the other so that the dough spreads evenly into a layer about 1 centimeter thick.
Use cookie cutters or a sharp knife to cut out people shapes. To prevent the dough from sticking, dunk the cookie cutter or knife edges in flour between cutting of each shape.
Move the people from the cutting board to the baking tray by sliding a flat bladed knife underneath each and transferring the gingerbread people across.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Note, the gingerbread cooks fairly quickly, so keep an eye on the people so that they do not overcook and become tough.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.