Halloween Gingerbread – Baking with Kids

Halloween Gingerbread Biscuits are perfect for rainy day baking with the kids. Tasty, fun and a little bit messy! Brilliant!

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Despite not really being into Halloween, I do like the opportunities that it brings. We’re generally really busy, so when we get the chance, I love a day at home, especially at this time of year when it’s more often than not cold and rainy outside. But, sometimes these days in watching movies, playing and crafting get a little boring. And when we get bored, we get grumpy and start to drive each other mad. These are the days when mummy needs a gin at bedtime! So, I like a rainy day in but I also like to have a few plans for it. A movie and popcorn are great, and in our house, baking with the kids is a favourite activity. Partly because they love it. Partly because it means we’ve got something tasty to eat!

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During October, we let Halloween inspire our rainy day activities. We paint and draw, we craft and we bake these fab Halloween Gingerbread. Later in the year, we bake exactly the same Gingerbread and make it festive! That’s the beauty of Gingerbread, once you’ve got a basic recipe you can do anything with it!

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Baking with Kids

When Michael was little, I loved the idea of baking with him. But, I hated the reality. I got really stressed out about him making a mess and doing things wrong. So we did it, but I can’t say that I ever really enjoyed it.

But, Robyn is my second child, so all standards have gone. I no longer mind mess or mistakes. I quite like it, and I’ve learned that if you don’t stress about it, and you let them make a little mess, it’s actually great fun. We really enjoy baking together, they learn a lot, and Halloween Gingerbread is always a favourite. They love mixing, rolling the dough, cutting the shapes, and decorating them when they have cooled. More than that, they love eating them.

What Halloween Gingerbread Designs Can You Do?

One of the best things about something like Halloween Gingerbread is that you can do what you want. If you’ve got other shapes you could do ghosts, witches, pumpkins, even a spooky Gingerbread House. You can use writing icing to decorate or make your own with food colouring, icing sugar, and a piping bag.

Giving Gingerbread as a Gift

Gingerbread is the perfect gift! We often give Gingerbread as a Christmas gift in cute little jars. It’s a great money saver, and if they don’t come out great, or the decoration is messy, you can just say the kids made them and suddenly the mess is cute!

Can You Freeze Halloween Gingerbread?

You could freeze gingerbread, wrapped in cling film and then placed in a sealed tub or freezer bag. But, I prefer to freeze the dough. When we make Gingerbread for gifts, we make the dough, separate it into recipients, wrap it in clingfilm and freezer bags, and freeze. Then, we defrost the dough thoroughly in the freezer when we’re ready to bake them, and bake as normal.

How Long will Gingerbread Last?

Kept in a sealed tub, this Halloween Gingerbread will last for about a week (as if you’ll still have any in a week!). If you make it crunchier, it might start to soften after a few days, but it will still taste great.

Can You Make Gingerbread Soft?

I love both thick, soft gingerbread, and thin, crispy gingerbread. I’m not sure I’ve got a favourite, to be honest. You can use this dough for both, and as long as it’s been in the fridge, even the thicker biscuits shouldn’t spread too much as they bake.

For these Halloween Gingerbread Biscuits, I rolled the dough to 4-5mm and baked them for 12 minutes at 170 degrees. They are golden brown with a crunchy outside, but when you bite into them they are deliciously soft. If you prefer them crispy, roll them a little thinner. Bake for 10 minutes, but check after 8 if they are very thin.

The Recipe

Neat gingerbread men on plate
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Halloween Gingerbread Men

Halloween Gingerbread is the perfect seasonal treat and great for baking with kids.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time57 mins
Course: biscuits
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: gingerbread, halloween
Servings: 15 Large Gingerbread Men
Author: Donna

Ingredients

  • 350 g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 130 g Butter – Room Temperature
  • 175 g Soft light brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 tbsp Golden syrup

To Decorate:

Instructions

  • Sift the plain flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl
  • Rub in the butter with your fingertips, until even and like breadcrumbs
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk the egg and golden syrup together
  • Mix in the brown sugar
  • Add the egg and syrup and stir until it starts to come together as a dough
  • Tip on onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands until it forms a smooth ball
  • Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and line two large baking trays with baking paper
  • Unwrap the dough on a well-floured surface
  • Roll out to around 5mm
  • Press out your shapes and carefully place on baking trays (I use a palette knife)
  • Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden brown (check after 10)
  • Remove from the oven and transfer on to a wire tray to cool completely
  • When cool, decorate with the Halloween designs of your choice
Nutrition Facts
Halloween Gingerbread Men
Amount Per Serving (15 Biscuits)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 11mg0%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Notes

5mm gives you quite a thick and soft biscuit. If you prefer them crunchy, roll thinner, and check the bake after 8 minutes. 
Disclaimer:The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, such as specific ingredients used, but I have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
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