Thursday, October 24, 2013

Gingerdead Men? (Gingerbread Men recipe by Donna Hay)

HELP! We have been attacked by Gingerdead men!!!

Gingerdead Men Gingerbread Men Donna Hay
Gingerdead men attack!!!

FEAR NOT! WE CAN FIGHT BACK! We can eat these gingerdead men to stop all these attacks!

But BEWARE! These Gingerdead men can be viciously delicious and they can make you a gingerdead-men addict and you will want to eat lots of them!!! 

Now... Watch how we create these gingerdead men... and also destroy them!

The mother of all gingerdead men clones from Amazon
Despite all dangers, mad-baker Zoe are making these...
Lightning strike at my kitchen when I created these ... *Evil laughter*
Many delicious gingerdead men were born!!!
I'm giving them bones... Are they scary?
They are ready to attack us!!!

Why are we running? We will fight back! ...with our whisk and wooden spoon! This is a "batter" between gingerbread men vs mad-baker Zoe and her gingerbread-chomping boy...

Injured gingerdead men: My leg... My leg... I can't feel my leg!
BGFF- Best Gingerdead Friends Forever!!! - Not for long because they are the chocolate ones!
Gingerbread Men Donna Hay
A decapitated gingerdead man - Delicious loser!

Clearly, the winner is us, the gingerdead me eating Zoe and son!!! - LOL!

Here's the recipe from one of favourite books, Modern Classics Book Two by Donna Hay 
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Makes 25 but makes only 12 gingerdead men

125g butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
2 1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
2 tsp ground ginger
(reduced to 1 tsp ginger plus 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
(replaced with baking powder) 

I used ready-to-use royal icing - please see picture.
1 egg white
1/2 cup icing (confectioner's) sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (or 170°C fan forced). Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with electric beaters until light and creamy.

Add the golden syrup, flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda (or baking powder) and mix to form a smooth dough. 

Refrigerate for 10 mins or until the dough is firm. 

Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper to 4mm (1/4 in) thick. Cut out shapes from the dough using a gingerbread man (or gingerdead man) cookie cutter. 

Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 8-10 mins or until golden brown. Cool on trays.

To make the icing, mix the egg white and icing sugar until combined. Pipe on buttons (bones!) or spread over the cookies and allow to set.

Note: Instead of using my usual royal icing recipe with raw egg white or this royal icing recipe, I prefer to use this ready-to-use royal icing which contains egg white powder. I reckon it is safer to consume these cookies without any raw egg ingredient if I want to keep them slightly longer.

To make chocolate royal icing, add 1-2 tsp of cocoa powder into 1/4 pack of ready-to-use royal icing and mix until it reach your desired taste and colour.

Happy Baking and Happy Halloween!
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  1. Hi Zoe , love gingerbread men , these look almost to gorgeous to eat , give me a couple , thanks for sharing :)

  2. Hi Zoe,
    Wow, beautiful gingerdead skeleton cookies. I will come knocking at your door in costume so I can get some of this gingerdead skeleton cookies. I just love ginger cookies. In fact Ive bookmarked your ginger kids recipe but till now have yet to make it. I save it for this coming christmas.....

  3. Hi Zoe, the gingerbread men are so cute! Love the mold :)

  4. Zoe,

    I read your post with smile, you make it so interesting, I almost forgot that it's editable... Guess it tastes fabulous, too!

  5. Zoe, these gingerbread men are so cute! I'm sure our kids will attack them without second thoughts... hahahaa
    Happy Halloween!

  6. Zoe,早安!好看又好吃的饼干可以请我几个当早餐吗? :)

  7. Zoe ! ❤️mold ! And yr cookies!
    Happy Halloween

  8. The texture of your cookies look so nice to eat! Very cute gingerdead man :D My sons sure love to have this gingerdead man cookies.

  9. These gingerbread men look so cute! I love how festive they look and that mold is fantastic! Thanks for sharing Zoe :)

  10. Zoe, (that is my daughter's name, by the way,and I am partial to it) those are the cutest dang gingerdead men. Love them. Thanks for visiting my blog. Sometimes I think it is nice to leave comments to say thanks for working so hard to show this to me. A blog is tons of work and it looks like you've spent a lot of time on it over the years. I appreciate it and hope to keep in touch. We've been to Australia once and I hope one day we can visit again!

  11. That's right, only a week to Halloween day! These gingerdead men certainly look cute but not scary!

  12. These are so cute!!!!! That cutter is awesome!!!

  13. Hi Zoe, That is sooOooOo cute!!! ^.^

  14. Zoe, your Gingerdead men cookies are not scary at all .... but super delicious cute :) Love them :)

  15. Those gingerbread man are less scary, they really cute though. Love it.

  16. Adorable and perfectly made Zoe.. Loved these :-)

  17. Very cute gingerdead men.! I won't run but I'll eat all of them, hahaha...

  18. Adorable! Gingerbread skeleton I want to eat! Never thought I would say that.

  19. quite a twist to the halloween... what happens after the gingerbread men gets eaten? the skeleton men.. kakaka... awesome... i'd love these for my halloween partaaayyyyy

  20. I love the addition of Golden Syrup! These looks so professional, Zoe! Nice work, but I really thought you had a steady and amazing hand for cookie decorating until I saw the cookie press! haha! Still fabulous!! Good job!

  21. Fabulous! Love these.... they're cute and spooky at the same time :)

  22. Hahaha, these are really cute! Love them!

  23. Hi Zoe, it's me again. I also went to Kenny Roger when dating with my hubby, Not only that, I went there with my ex-bf too, hahaha! This can prove that I love roast chicken so much! KG is still available in KL, not sure about Singapore.

  24. Hey Zoe, thanks for visiting my page... These are really scary ;)...I am following you now.

  25. I love these and the name gingerdead cookies is so clever. Kids and adults would love these.

  26. hehe...look so cute lah...*^O^*

  27. i come with my stainless steel spoon and my strong Teeth, i'm gonna fight for you.....
    oh~ many of gingerdead men were kill and now in my stomach, hmm, so so Yummy.....

  28. What a way to start the day, Zoe. Scary gingerbread men waiting to be eaten, ha ha ha, we'll get them for sure!

    Thanks for sharing, Zoe, you gave me my morning chuckle, lol...

  29. Wow! These gingerbread men are so CUTE & ADORABLE! ;)

  30. Hi, Zoe- your ginger bread is so perfect for Halloween. It so inspiring to make some soon. thanks for sharing the recipe

  31. Your cookie cutter makes it so much easier than my free-hand attempt.

  32. What a fantastic idea! Such gingerbread skeletons would make he happy as a kid :D

  33. So cute and I'm sure delicious. Hope you guys have a happy halloween.

  34. Hah! Hah! Zoe, those gingerdead men are so cute! Can I join in the fight? But I think my grandma won't approve of them hee..hee...

  35. Zoe, they look so cute, scary but cute

  36. hi Zoe, ...this gingeedead men is so perfectly baked! but my son afraid of anything with skeleton!

  37. i totally forgot about halloween until i saw these skeleton cookies...not bad..they look rather cute ..hehe..

  38. After reading your post I ordered the cutter from Amazon. Kids had great fun making these today.

  39. Gosh, I love these! Really cute. Never heard of ginger deadmen before, but definitely need to find that cookie cutter! Thanks for this.

  40. Your cookies are super deadly haha.. I am loving it!

  41. BoO! Happy Halloween!
    These are such cute ginger bread skull

  42. I love the cutter ! Love the cookie flavor as well :D