It’s the 1st December!!

I’m officially allowed to mention the C word! The tree has been bought, the mulled wine is simmering and now to make the gingerbread santas. I thought I’d share my recipe

It’s a tradition in our house to make these on the 1st December, and whilst I say santas it’s actually gingerbread reindeer, Christmas stockings, stars and snowflakes. 

I have no idea where I found the recipe but I love it. The smell of cinnamon, mixed spices and ginger wafts through the house and gets us in the mood for Christmas 

They are supposed to be soft, rather than hard, like traditional gingermen and I think that’s what makes them so moreish 

 You’ll need a glass of mulled wine before you get started, just to get you in the  spiritsanta-claus-1819933_1920


350g Plain Flour 

1 Teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 

2 teaspoons ground ginger 

1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 

125 butter 

175g brown sugar

1 egg 

4 tablespoons golden syrup 



Top up the mulled wine 

Sift flour, spices and bicarb into a large bowl 

Rub butter into the dried ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs ( I always end up with lumps of butter which I can’t mix in but I don’t let that bother me!) 

Add sugar 

Beat egg and syrup together, add to mixture and mix with spoon (or if you’re very fancy and modern, mix with food processor) until it clumps together 

Tip out onto a floured surface, knead, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 15 mins 

Roll out the dough and cut into shapes with whatever Christmas shapes you have 

Bake in the oven for 12-15 mins at 180 

Once cooled, lightly dust with icing sugar. 

You can store them in air airtight container, however, ours never last that long 


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