Allergy-friendly Christmas Gingerbread Men

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat…and it’s time to make more gingerbread men than you can shake a stick at! Baking gingerbread men is the perfect way to bond with your child and a brilliant way to celebrate Christmas. They make great presents too! As well as being a sweet festive treat, this gingerbread biscuit recipe is allergy friendly and gluten-free. Share your delicious creations with your family and friends – or keep them all to yourself. Whatever you do, have fun making them!

Allergy-friendly Gingerbread Men


Makes: Approx. 24 gingerbread men

Difficulty level: Easy peasy

Preparation and cooking time: 90 minutes (including 30 minutes resting time and 10 minutes in the oven)

You will need:

Allergy-friendly Christmas Gingerbread Men

Our free-from gingerbread man recipe is a great way to entertain children during the Christmas holidays. And they make great presents too.

  • 250g of plain or gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 100g dairy/soya-free margarine
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of golden syrup (slightly more if you are using gluten-free flour)
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • Edible decorations – coloured icing, gluten/dairy-free sweets, hundreds and thousands, silver balls, currants…anything you like!
  • Gingerbread man cutters

How to prepare:

Line two baking trays with baking parchment or silicon sheets (or grease them with margarine). Rub the margarine into the flour to make a fine breadcrumb-like texture. Evenly mix in the ginger and brown sugar and spoon in the golden syrup until a soft dough is created. For the low mess option pop all the ingredients into a food processor and whizz for 30 seconds and then tip the mixture into a bowl and knead the dough into a ball, adding extra golden syrup as necessary.

Put the dough on a plate, cover in cling film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. Next, lightly flour the work surface and rollout or press the dough until it is 1cm thick. Cut out your gingerbread men, then place them, spaced out, onto the baking sheets. Bake the gingerbread men for 10 minutes until firm and do not let them brown. Take out the trays and leave to cool for 10 minutes. If you have greased the baking trays rather than lining them, gently separate the gingerbread men from the tray with palate knife or fish slice a couple of minutes after taking them out of the oven.

Now the exciting part! Get the kids together to decorate your gingerbread men. Why not make it a fun competition to see who can create the best gingerbread man?

Have fun!


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