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Gingerbread Men Recipe

This is one of my favourite Gingerbread recipes and it’s dead easy! I found this recipe a while ago and I’ve played with it a little to make it my own. It’s perfect for letting little ones help in the kitchen. Mr D loves to roll out the dough and push the biscuit cutters into it to make shapes. We usually make a few men and some other shapes as well. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars” are always a favourite here! Trying to stop Mr D from eating the mixture before it’s cooked can be a challenge sometimes! 😉


  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup, firmly packed rapadura sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 125ml or 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 375g or 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice*
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • Plain flour, to dust


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  3. Use an electric beater on a high speed to cream the butter and sugar until pale – this takes approximately 5 mins depending how soft your butter is.
  4. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until well combined.
  5. Add the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarb soda on the lowest speed.
  6. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.
  7. Press dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap.
  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  9. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick.
  10. Use a gingerbread man cutter (or any shaped biscuit cutter you fancy) to cut out shapes.
  11. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
  12. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown.
  13. Place to a rack to cool.
  14. Decorate as desired.

* I grind my own mixed spice using the following fresh spices:

1 to 2 cloves

6 pimento allspice

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

2cm cinnamon stick

Place the spices into a mortar and pestle to grind by hand, or a coffee grinder if you have one. You’ll end up with a wonderfully pungent mixed spice. This makes approximately 2 tablespoons. Store in a screw top jar.

Undecorated Gingerbread By Mr D

Easy Finger Paint

Toddlers and preschoolers love to finger paint – the messier the better!

This is an easy non-toxic finger paint that will make you a hit with the under 6’s!


1/3 cup cornflour (corn starch)

2 tblsp sugar

2 cups cold water

1/4 cup eco-friendly dish-washing liquid

Natural food colouring


Place cornflour and sugar in a saucepan and stir to combine.

Slowly stir in the water and cook gently over low heat until smooth and transparent stirring continuously.

Remove from the heat and cool.

Stir in the dish-washing liquid and divide the paint between a few containers.

Add a few drops food colouring to each of the bowls and stir to combine.

You are ready to paint!


Playdough Recipe

Playdough is awesome fun, non toxic (although very small children need to be careful with salt intake) and super easy to make!

1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup salt

1 tblsp vegetable oil

a few drops of natural food colouring

1/2 cup boiling water

Combine ingredients in a large bowl and knead until it forms gorgeous pliable playdoughy dough.

Store wrapped in cling film (yes – not very eco friendly I know but it works the best…) in an airtight container.

A Rainbow Almost Good Enough To Eat!