Donna Hay gingerbread men recipe (egg-free)

2 Dec

gingerbread men - The Hungry Mum

It wouldn’t be Christmas without home-made gingerbread men! Or gingerbread people, I should say.

This egg-free Donna Hay gingerbread cookie recipe is so simple to make and produces perfect results. I have been using this recipe for as long as I can remember and I am always happy with the results.

This year I tweaked the recipe by resting the dough in the fridge for a few hours before cutting and noticed it made a difference to how easy it was to cut out the shapes so I will definitely be adding this extra step from now on.

The HUngry Mum - Gingerbread men

Miss 8 and 10 took over decorating duties and had a ball using edible glitter icing pens, Christmas coloured M&Ms and silver balls. Even when the gals were much younger they loved helping at every step of this child-friendly, simple Christmas recipe.

I highly recommend introducing this Christmas tradition to your holiday baking routine.

The decorated gingerbreads won’t last long – only a day or two – but there is every chance they will be eaten in the blink of an eye!


125g softened diced butter

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup golden syrup

2 ½ cups self-raising flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon bicarb soda



Preheat oven to 190C, line two baking trays with baking paper.

Place butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer and beat until light and creamy then add golden syrup.

Add sifted flour, ginger and bicarb soda and stir to combine.

Knead lightly on a floured bench top to form a smooth dough, then flatten into a disc, wrap in cling film and place in fridge for a couple of hours.

Remove dough from fridge, allow to return to room temperature then roll dough between two sheets of non-stick paper until 5mm thick. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Bake for 12 minutes or so or until lightly golden.

Cool on trays and remove to racks – handle with care as it is easy to accidently decapitate or amputate these gingerbread folk!

When completely cold decorate with icing pens.

gingerbread people - The Hungry Mum



26 Responses to “Donna Hay gingerbread men recipe (egg-free)”

  1. Piglove December 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    Awesome recipe. Must get mom to try this recipe. Although I have to admit that I got a good chuckle out of your Gingerbread men. Not that they weren’t wonderful and all but… all I could think of was this famous movie line, “Do you know the muffin man?…” Do you know it? XOXO – Bacon

  2. Heather @ Sweet Precision December 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    Love these little gingerbread men, they are so adorable! If you can believe it, I’ve never made gingerbread cookies before. Something to add to my “to do” list this holiday season! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum December 17, 2015 at 1:21 am #

      I hope you get to bake some this Christmas – they are so fun!

  3. Anita Kushwaha December 2, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    They look great! I was wondering, are the cookies nice and soft? Thank you! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum December 5, 2015 at 10:31 am #

      Thanks! They are halfway between soft and crunchy, if that makes sense?!

      • Anita Kushwaha December 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

        It does! 🙂 Perfect, thank you!

  4. ladyredspecs December 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Decorated gingerbread shapes, including people are part of my family’s Christmas tradition too. The beautiful smell of gingerbread in the house means it’s Christmastime. Deelish

  5. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) December 3, 2015 at 12:56 am #

    Gorgeous little gingerbread people!! This is also a tradition in our house!!
    Thanks for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 3, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    I’m eating gingerbread right now!! It’s a Harry Potter gingerbread cookie mind you but still feels very festive in spirit 😀

    • The Hungry Mum December 3, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

      Oooh, that’s a very creative gingerbread bickie!! Is it one of your amazing creations?

  7. Lisa @ cheergerm December 3, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Super cute Mrs H.

    • The Hungry Mum December 3, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

      Awww, ta Lisa! I do feel a bit guilty eating them!

  8. cafegarima December 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Super cute!

  9. ChgoJohn December 4, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    This is the stuff of which fond memories are made. Your girls will remember and smile.

    • The Hungry Mum December 4, 2015 at 11:12 am #

      you have such a lovely way with words. This comment is gorgeous.

  10. mkcasey80 December 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Reblogged this on Marcey's Table and commented:
    Gingerbread men as we called them were always part of our Christmas. They were store bought, hard, and I was afraid that I would break a tooth when I bit into them. These look perfect though! What a wonderful treat to make with your children.


  11. Starr December 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm #

    Christmas wouldn’t be the same without an army of Gingerbread Men! Your recipe sounds delish and look super cute (your girls did a great job).

  12. Melisa R December 7, 2015 at 2:06 am #

    How adorable are these! I’ve never ever made Gingerbread cookies. I know they’re a holiday staple but not where I’m from so I’ve never really felt need to make them. Now I do! These are lovely.

    • The Hungry Mum December 7, 2015 at 3:05 am #

      Oooh, you have to make them! They are so fun to make and you can decorate them anyway you want. Do it 🙂

  13. Sophie33 December 7, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    Beautiful gingerbread men! they all look so cute & yummy! 🙂 x

  14. December 7, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Gingerbread cookies are always on my holiday cookie table. Very cute! Refrigerating the dough also helps to keep the shape of the cookies so they don’t spread out.

  15. Iwanttobeacook September 10, 2016 at 12:50 am #

    They are adorable 😉

  16. The Hungry Mum November 14, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum.

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