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  • 10 mins cooking
  • Makes 24 Item
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Half the fun of making these adorable gingerbread people is decorating with coloured royal icing.


  • 125 gram unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cup (375g) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup (175g) golden syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pink round sprinkles
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) pure icing sugar
  • 4 drops lemon juice
  • yellow and pink food colouring


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line oven trays with baking paper.
  • 2
    Beat butter, sugar and egg yolk in small bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. In two batches, stir in sifted dry ingredients and syrup.
  • 3
    On a lightly-floured surface, knead dough gently until smooth. Divide dough in half; roll each half between sheets of baking paper to 5mm thickness. Cut dough into 6 x 12cm girl shapes, 6 x 12cm boy shapes and 12 x 6cm flower shapes; place on trays 2.5cm apart. Bake about 10 minutes. Cool on trays.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, make royal icing by beating egg white in small bowl with electric mixer; gradually beating in sifted icing sugar. When mixture reaches piping consistency, beat in juice. Divide icing between three bowls. Tint one bowl with yellow colouring and another with pink colouring; leave the remaining bowl plain.
  • 5
    Using picture as a guide, pipe icing onto biscuits using the three different colours; sprinkle centres of flowers with pink sprinkles. Set at room temperature.

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