Gingerbread Men and Reindeer

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No need for reindeer cookie cutters with our festive Gingerbread Man recipe - just turn the gingerbread upside down and, ta da! You've got a reindeer!
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For the Gingerbread
300 gPlain Flour
5 gDr. Oetker Bicarbonate of Soda
10 gGround Ginger
5 gGround Cinnamon
115 gUnsalted butter
75 gLight Brown Sugar
75 gDark Brown Sugar
45 mlGolden Syrup
1Medium Egg
For the Decoration
Dr. Oetker White Designer Icing
Dr. Oetker Bright Writing Icing
20 gDr. Oetker Milk Chocolate Chips
1 gDr. Oetker Bright and Bold 4-Cell
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For the Gingerbread

Place the butter, light brown sugar and dark brown sugar in a bowl and creamy together, once smooth add the egg and golden syrup. Mix together to form a smooth paste. 


In a separate bowl mix together the flour, Bicarbonate of Soda, cinnamon and ginger. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until a dough is formed – this is easiest to do in a free standing mixer but you can also mix the dough together by hand.


Once the dough has formed, knead on a surface lightly dusted with flour. Roll out the dough to a thickness about ½ cm and cut out gingerbread men with a cutter about 12cm in height, re-rolling the dough as required. 


Place the gingerbread men on a tray lined with greaseproof paper, spaced slightly apart. Chill your gingerbread men in the fridge for about 30 minutes.


10 minutes before baking pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180°C Fan/ Gas Mark 5). Once chilled place your gingerbread men in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until slightly darker in colour, the biscuits will firm up on cooling. Allow your biscuits to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 


Once cooled it’s time to begin decorating; use your designer icing to pipe the details onto the gingerbread men and reindeers. – if the designer icing is too firm place in a jug of warm water for a minute to loosen the icing.


Use the Writing Icing, Chocolate Chips and Sprinkles to add more intricate details and get creative!