Halloween Gingerbread Men

Halloween Gingerbread Men

This is a great Halloween project for the kids to do this half term. I made up my usual gingerbread dough recipe then spread the cooled, cooked gingerbread men with buttercream (you can make it yourself or buy it ready made in a tub) - this helps the icing stick. The kids then rolled out some ready to roll icing (Renshaws) and used a knife and gingerbread cutters to cut out the shapes they wanted. We made ghosts, zombies, witches and mummies....and they tasted yummy!

Be as creative as you dare!


| Serves: 20 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 12 Minutes | Total Time: 22 Minutes |


  • 350g Plain Flour
  • 1 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 TSP Ground Ginger
  • 1 TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 125g Butter
  • 175g Light Soft Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 TBSP Golden Syrup
  • Ready to Roll coloured icing
  • Ready made buttercream in a tub (or make up your own)


  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  • Step 2: Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and put into bowl of a food processor.
  • Step 3: Add butter and pulse until you get breadcrumb consistency.
  • Step 4: Add the sugar,egg and syrup and pulse until mixture comes together.
  • Step 5: Tip dough onto lightly floured surface, give it a quick knead then wrap in clingfilm and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Step 6: Roll the dough out to 0.5cm and cut with gingerbread men cutters.
  • Step 7: Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, cool on wire rack.
  • Step 8: To decorate spread each gingerbread man with buttercream and decorate with the ready to roll icing.

| Author: Beth Sachs | Date: 29th October 2015 |


  1. These are gorgeous!! I made these gems last halloween https://twitter.com/aread1106/status/659672460095266816 ... such fun decorating them!
    I love your mummy design
    Abel x

  2. These are too damn cute! I love the zombie!!

    Katie xoxo


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