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Gingerbread Man Recipe

Our Delicious Gingerbread Man Recipe

The Perfect Festive Treat

For the run-up to Christmas, our Head Chef Chris is sharing his recipe for perfect gingerbread men. These are the perfect treat for the whole family & a great way to get kids involved with baking. They also make a tremendous gift to give this festive season.

See the Recipe below from our Head Chef Chris:


  • 100 g softened butter
  •  100 g dark brown sugar
  •  50 g golden syrup
  •  1 large egg
  •  250 g self-raising flour
  •  2 tsp ground ginger
  •  1 tsp ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 tsp nutmeg
  •  1/2 tsp mixed spice
  •  1/2 tsp baking powder
  •  1/4 tsp salt
  •  250 g fondant icing
  •  3 tbsp water
  •  A selection of Writing Icing pens in various colours



1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking paper

2.Combine the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Whisk until light and fluffy using an electric hand whisk. Add the syrup and egg and whisk again. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until the mixture comes together.

3.Lightly knead into a dough and wrap in cling film. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour until firm.

4.Flour a work surface. Roll out the dough. Stamp out men using a gingerbread cutter.

5.Place on the baking sheets. Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden and just firm in the middle. Leave to cool.

6.To make white icing, whisk the icing sugar and water together in a bowl using a handheld electric whisk until smooth.  Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a small hole and pipe designs on the gingerbread men. Alternatively, you could use Writing Icing pens to decorate the cookies.


Want to enjoy more delicious festive treats?

Why not not join us at Cork International Hotel for our Festive Afternoon Tea! Filled with Christmas pastries, including our gingerbread men. It is perfect for the entire family. Limited availability & pre-booking is essential

See Festive Afternoon Tea Menu here.



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