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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

An easy Gingerbread recipe with a freezer friendly small batch option.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Healthy
Keyword: Cookies, Gingerbread
Servings: 8


  • saucepan
  • bowl


  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/4 cup White sugar
  • 1/4 cup Golden Syrup or a dark brown sugar like Rapadura works too
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 11/2 cups Gluten Free Self Raising Flour or Plain Flour or Potato Starch works too
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 TBS Butter (For Frosting)
  • 1 cup Icing Sugar (For Frosting)
  • 1 tsp Water (For Frosting)


  • In a small heatproof bowl, combine the golden syrup, sugar and spices and place over a saucepan of simmering water. When the sugar has dissolved, stir through the bicarb soda and remove from the heat when the mixture begins to bubble.
  • Stir through the chopped butter.
  • Add the egg and sifted flour and combine. Continue to mix until a dough forms.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured bench and lightly knead to bring it together.
  • Now at this point if you are going to make the whole batch, you would divide it in two and cover with cling wrap and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes preheat your oven to 180 C (360F) and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Remove dough from the fridge and roll each portion between two sheets of baking paper until approximately 5mm thick.
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on baking tray.
  • Bake for approximately 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Allow the gingerbread to completely cool before decorating.
  • NOW I don’t cook the whole batch as my husband is the only one who eats these, so once the dough is on the floured board and is in one ball, take small pieces of it— say a teaspoon size and roll it into balls in your hands.
  • In a large plastic lunch box type container make one layer of the balls. Then place baking paper on top and keep going until the dough is finished.
  • Leave four of them out to cook.
  • Pop the plastic container in the freezer with the rest to cook another day.
  • So with the 4 you are going to cook straight away. Pop them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Line a tray with cooking paper and cut a 10cm square of paper.
  • After 20 minutes preheat your oven to 180 C (360F)
  • Because I hate the whole rolling the dough thing, this is far quicker and easier for the small batches.
  • Pop the 4 balls on the lined tray. Place the square of paper over a ball and using a flat bottomed glass, press the cookie down to flatten. Repeat for the other 3.
  • Cook at 180C (360F) for 12 minutes until just browned. Pull out of oven and allow to cool before icing.
  • You can either melt the butter or just leave it out on the bench to soften a little.
    Add the icing sugar and mix thoroughly into a paste.
  • Add only little bits of water, say by the teaspoon full to get to the consistency you would like. You’re after smooth but still fairly firm and not too runny.
  • If you have a piping kit then go for your life.
  • Otherwise just put the icing into the middle of a square piece of cling wrap, grab all the corners and twist it so you have a makeshift pipe, then poke a hole in the bottom and squeeze to make the swirly shapes. It’s a bit rough and ready, but better than just putting it on with a knife.