Gingerbread family

Duration: medium

Age: child, parent

Skill for Bub:


Feeling creative in the kitchen? Craft meets cooking with this great activity for all ages, all you need is a batch of gingerbread men and some simple sugar icing for hours of fun.

“My 13 year old son had as much fun as my 3 year old daughter (I had some fun too)!

Craft meets cooking idea submitted by Huggies Baby club member O. Ponomarova, Takahue, NZ.


  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 100g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Plain flour, to dust
  • 150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted
  • variety of liquid food colouring


Gingerbread men and ladies

1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
2. Brush baking tray with butter
3. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
4. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.
5. On a lightly floured surface and knead dough until smooth disc. Cover with with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
6. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. You will need several different sizes of gingerbread man cutters to cut out shapes for different family members.
7. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
8. Bake gingerbread in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.


9. Separate your eggs and place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
10. Divide icing among 3 bowls, one for each colour. Add your chosen food colouring to each bowl and stir until combined. Add colouring to remaining bowl and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
11. Place your icing in small plastic bags. Cut a small hole in a corner of each bag for the kids to decorate their gingerbread family!

Decorate your mini-family!

You can use mini smarties or jelly beans for buttons. We also used a toothpick to draw on them.