Baking Christmas

Wholemeal gingerbread men

December is here, which means ho ho ho like it or not, the festive behemoth that is Christmas is almost upon us. I thought I’d get into the spirit early this year and whip up a batch of festive-ish gingerbread men to snack on during the week.

healthy gingerbread men recipe

I’m not the best baker around, but Sundays are a great opportunity to practice (after brunch of course.. Sunday is my favourite food day ever..)

In my food journey I’ve discovered that anything you buy packaged is full of stuff you don’t need. By making my own biscuits, I know what’s going into them and can control what I choose to put in my body, which I love! If I get sick of them, I can also gift them to my friends and family.. (Obliviate!)

I used rice malt suryp to replace most of the sugar but there is still 1/4 a cup of brown sugar because it helps give the cookies a chewy and molasses-y(?) taste. I also used wholemeal flour. 

easy gingerbread men recipe

I was pretty happy with my wholemeal version, and at 10-12 minutes cooking time, they pass the ‘I’m going to forget about what’s in the oven and burn it’ test.

However, my icing skills are below par so these guys are plain and simple whch is how I prefer my gingerbread men anyway. 

How are you getting into the festive spirit this Christmas?

Have a wonderful day, Bec xo

Wholemeal Gingerbread Men
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Wholemeal gingerbread men for the festive season, perfect for a gift or christmas snack
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Ingredients
  1. melted butter, to grease
  2. 125g butter, at room temperature
  3. 1/4 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  4. 2/3 cup rice malt syrup
  5. 1 egg, separated
  6. 2 cups plain wholemeal flour
  7. 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  8. 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  9. 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  10. extra flour to dust
  11. 150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.
  2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and brown sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the grice malt syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined.
  3. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
  5. Meanwhile, place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Cover and place in fridge.
  6. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 2cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
  7. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
  8. Place prepared icing in small plastic bags. Cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe icing over gingerbread men to decorate.
Notes
  1. You can decorate with chocolate buttons or smarties but my decorating skills were not coming to play today, I opted for a simple smiley or two and a sifting of icing sugar. You can also use plain flour if desired.
  2. Prep time and cook time doesn't include 30 minute wait time for dough to rise in fridge.
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22 Comments

  • Reply Kitchen 101 - how to stock a basic pantry January 23, 2015 at 11:15 am

    […] can make simple and delicious things such as wholemeal gnocchi, wholemeal pizza dough, or wholemeal gingerbread men. Muffins, brownies, bread.. I could go on forever. I like to have a GF flour on hand incase […]

  • Reply vegeTARAian December 24, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Oh you’re the best! Thanks for joining the My Monthly Loves link up. Happy holidays! x

  • Reply Maxabella December 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    These are just a little bit too cute to eat, Bec!!! x

    • Reply Bec December 10, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Especially when I kept calling them Mr Gingy and chatting with them whilst I was eating them… borderline Christmas Madness? Yes.

  • Reply patchwork Cactus - babs December 9, 2014 at 6:46 am

    These are so so so so cute! I am going to make them!

    • Reply Bec December 11, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Yes, yay! You’re saved from the spam folder. Thanks, let me know when you do 🙂

  • Reply cavoletto December 5, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Oh, how I love this!! I just bought my first gingerbread man cutter yesterday, if my experiments turn out half as cute as yours I’ll be a happy mom… 🙂

    • Reply Bec December 5, 2014 at 8:40 am

      This was my first time so I am sending all the beginners luck good vibes to you!

  • Reply Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie December 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    So cute! I love gingerbread so Christmas is a good time for me! Thanks for joining the linkup again xx

    • Reply Bec December 3, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Me three! Hence why November 30th I was gingerbreadmaking!

  • Reply georgia December 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Ahhh! So cute!

    Now if only I could bring myself to giving up sugar and white flour…

    • Reply Bec December 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      I had similar suspicions however I can’t tell any difference!!! Pinky swear

  • Reply Nicole - Champagne and Chips December 1, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Very cute. I haven’t really had a lot of gingerbread but gingerbread men (or women 😉 always looks so cute. Very lovely photos.

    • Reply Bec December 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

      It was their cuteness that inspired me to make them. I had to actually hunt for as gingerbread man/woman cookie cutter though – you wouldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to settle for a Christmas tree!

  • Reply erin @ erinmadethis.com December 1, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    So beautiful Bec! Tell me your photographic ways!

    • Reply Bec December 1, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Theres lots of smoke and mirrors and faffing about!!! Lucky I love it 🙂 Thanks Erin x

  • Reply Tegan December 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    They are the cutest! Last gingerbread I ate from the swedish kind from IKEA and it was amazing! But I definitely need to bake some more! x

    • Reply Bec December 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      The sweets at Ikea… SO GOOD! but I think you need to bake some more 😉

  • Reply vegeTARAian December 1, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Oh how very cute! I love a g-bread man, so dang tasty!

    • Reply Bec December 1, 2014 at 10:39 am

      The best cookie men ever right?

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid December 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Gingerbread is just the taste of Christmas and these guys look gorgeous. I’m totes in love with the styling too. It’s all about the gingerbread this year, I’m going to “build” my gingerbread house this arvo. It might be interesting!

    • Reply Bec December 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

      I am a sucker for ginger bread and it’s one of my favourite things about Christmas so on November 30 I was right there, planning the ginger bread men! Maybe I could tackle a house?! Let me know how you do I’d love to see x

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