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Gingerbread Men and Reindeers

This festive recipe is great fun to bake with the kids. Simply turn the gingerbread men upside down and ta-dah you have a gingerbread reindeer!

8 Portions

Easy 50 Minutes



For the recipe  Gingerbread Men and Reindeers

For the Gingerbread:

300 g Plain Flour
5 g Dr. Oetker Bicarbonate of Soda (1 tsp)
10 g Ground Ginger (2 tsp)
5 g Ground Cinnamon (1 tsp)
115 g Unsalted Butter
75 g Light Brown Sugar
75 g Dark Brown Sugar
45 ml Golden Syrup (3 tbsp)
1 Medium Egg

For the Decorations:

Dr. Oetker White Designer Icing
Dr. Oetker Bright Writing Icing
about 20 g Dr. Oetker Milk Chocolate Chips
about 10 g Dr. Oetker Bright and Bold 4-Cell




For the Gingerbread

1.       Place the butter, light brown sugar and dark brown sugar in a bowl and creamy together, once smooth add the egg and golden syrup. Mix together to form a smooth paste. 


1.       In a separate bowl mix together the flour, Bicarbonate of Soda, cinnamon and ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until a dough is formed – this is easiest to do in a free standing mixer but you can also mix the dough together by hand.


1.       Once the dough has formed, knead on a surface lightly dusted with flour. Roll out the dough to a thickness about ½ cm and cut out gingerbread men with a cutter about 12cm in height, re-rolling the dough as required. 


1.       Place the gingerbread men on a tray lined with greaseproof paper, spaced slightly apart. Chill your gingerbread men in the fridge for about 30 minutes.


1.       10 minutes before baking pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180°C Fan/ Gas Mark 5). Once chilled place your gingerbread men in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until slightly darker in colour, the biscuits will firm up on cooling. Allow your biscuits to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 


For the Decoration

1.       Once cooled it’s time to begin decorating; use your designer icing to pipe the details onto the gingerbread men and reindeers. – if the designer icing is too firm place in a jug of warm water for a minute to loosen the icing.


Use the Writing Icing, Chocolate Chips and Sprinkles to add more intricate details and get creative!

Nutritional Information for the recipe Gingerbread Men and Reindeers

Per Serving Per 100 g / ml
Energy 1846 kJ
441 kcal
1691 kJ
404 kcal
Fat 15.17 g 13.92 g
Carbohydrate 70.02 g 64.23 g
Protein 4.94 g 4.53 g