Scary gingerbread men

Unknown Author

Have fun this Halloween and entertain your little monsters by making these gory gingerbread men.

Preparation time

30 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes




  • 350g plain flour plus extra for rolling out 
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda 
  • 2 level tsp ground ginger 
  • 1 level tsp ground mixed spice 
  • 125g butter 
  • 175g light soft brown sugar 
  • 1 medium egg 
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup Sainsbury's Ready to Roll Icing (white) 
  • Sainsbury's Colour Writing Icing 76g


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/ Gas 4.
  • Line two baking trays with baking paper. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Rub in the butter and then stir in the sugar
  • Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together. Add to the flour and mix to make a dough. Chill the dough for 15 minutes
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of ½ cm thick. Cut shapes out with gingerbread cutters, remembering to take off a few limbs and head for added gore (if making gingerbread men lollies, insert lollies sticks carefully about half way into the gingerbread men.)
  • Place on a baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes then move to a wire rack to finish cooling
  • When cool, let your imagination run wild!
  • Use the red writing icing along the edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood.
  • For the skeletons and mummies – either pipe with white writing icing or roll out the ready to roll icing to 3mm thickness and cut shapes slightly smaller than the gingerbread.
  • Lightly brush the gingerbread with boiled water and carefully place the icing on top. Using the black writing icing decorate as a skeleton or mummy!
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