Recipe

Gingerbread folk

These homespun gingerbread folk are adorable and delicious. Perfect for a themed bash, such as a baby shower or with eggnog for a pre-Christmas sundowner.

  • 10 mins cooking
  • Makes 12
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Ingredients

Gingerbread folk
  • 125 gram butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (180g) treacle
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cup (375g) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Royal icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) pure icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

Gingerbread folk
  • 1
    Beat butter and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in the treacle and egg yolk.
  • 2
    Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in the sifted dry ingredients. Turn the dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth. Divide the dough in half. Enclose in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Grease and line two oven trays with baking paper.
  • 4
    Roll each dough half between sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using a 13cm gingerbread man cutter, cut out 12 gingerbread folk, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Place shapes, about 2.5cm apart, on trays. Bake for about 10 minutes. Stand on trays for 10 minutes, before transferring to wire racks to cool.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, to make royal icing, beat egg white in a small bowl with an electric mixer until just broken up. Gradually beat in sifted icing sugar until firm peaks form; stir in the juice. Keep icing covered with plastic wrap on the surface to prevent drying out.
  • 6
    Spoon icing into a small piping bag fitted with a small plain tube (or a small plastic bag with one corner snipped off). Using the picture as a guide, decorate the gingerbread folk with piped royal icing.

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