Measure the flour, ginger, cinnamon, xanthan gum, and soda into a bowl and stir to combine.
Sieve the flour blend into a large mixing bowl.
Put the sugar, butter, and syrup into a saucepan and heat gently, swirling the pan occasionally until dissolved.
Pour the saucepan contents onto the prepared flour and stir to combine.
Add the egg and mix into a sticky dough.
Cover and chill the dough for an hour or until firm.
Pre-heat the oven and rub some oil or butter into two large baking trays.
Lightly flour a work surface, place the dough in the middle and dust it lightly with flour.
Roll out the dough until 3mm/¼” thick.
Press the gingerbread man cookie cutter into the dough then gently transfer the shapes to the prepared baking trays, leaving plenty of space between each shape.
Gather leftover dough into a ball, roll it out again and cut more shapes.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Leave to cool on the tray.
Using writing icing, pipe decoration onto the cold gingerbread men.
Gingerbread man cookie cutter, 2 x baking trays, mixing bowl and saucepan
180°C, Fan 160°C, 350°F, Gas 4
Good recipe that doesn’t spread so maintains their shapes.
Very sticky to work with so we added more flour.
Personally we will add more ginger next time and leave to cook for longer as they didn’t crunch.
16 Dec 2018
I’ve tried so many recipes for gingerbread men but non have turned it like this! They are fabulous, one small tip, pop in a bag or on some grease proof paper before putting in the fridge. Other than that perfect!
17 Nov 2018
These are delicious with a cup of tea but I think on my 2nd batch I'll lose slightly less sugar.
29 Sep 2018
I have used this recipie a few times now and it always comes out lovely, we add a little more ginger to suit our taste, the kids love them and they don't spread - so the buscuits keep thier shape!
09 Sep 2018
Made these today with my grandaughter. Recipe worked well; we left the dough in the fridge for several hours and we added more flour when rolling when the dough became sticky.
31 Aug 2018
Brilliant. I managed to make a good dough, quite sticky to work with though, best to leave them on the baking paper where you cut them out. My daughter loved decorating with currants and best of all they were super tasty for a gluten free recipe!
26 May 2018
hopeless does not make a dough, makes a batter and despite chilling no improvement - unable to turn into shapes