A great gift for family and friends, these creative and easy-to-prepare Christmas Gingerbread Men are a brilliant offering for the family this year. Homemade presents are timeless. Everyone loves the sentiment and attention that goes into them, particularly when they are a delicious indulgence.

Serves: 8-10 biscuits

Time: 20-30 minutes


275g plain flour

100g butter, cut into small pieces

100g brown sugar

1 medium egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ground cinnamon

Ground ginger


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Place the flour and butter into a large mixing bowl.
  2. With your fingers, squash the lumps of butter into the mixture.
  3. Add the sugar and egg yolk, along with 2 tablespoons of cold water and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  4. Season the mixture with the ground cinnamon and gingerbread spice, adding the quantity depending on your liking.
  5. With a blunt knife, mix the mixture together. Place baking paper onto 2 baking trays.
  6. On your work surface, dust with a small amount of flour.
  7. Place the dough onto the surface and with a rolling pin, roll out the dough.
  8. With your Dexam gingerbread man cookie cutters, cut into the dough until you have finished with your required amount.
  9. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes before removing from the oven and leaving to cool on the side or on a wire rack.
  10. Once cool you can either decorate the Christmas gingerbread men or place them in a jar with a ribbon and a label, ready to give as a gift.

Chefs Tip

It is worth knowing that the dough/biscuits can be prepared and frozen a couple of weeks in advance, defrost completely and place on a tray or cut them in preferred shapes and bake.