These are great to make yourself or with some help from the children. Lovely as they are, decorated or you can even top cupcakes with small ones. The decorated ones above are what Freya, my 4 year old Granddaughter did 🙂
Makes approx 60, depending on size.
5 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 cup lard ie: Trex (shortening)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups treacle
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 190C/gas 5.
Thoroughly mix flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Melt lard in large saucepan. Cool slightly. Add sugar, treacle and eggs to saucepan and mix well. Add 4 cups dry ingredients and mix well.
Turn mixture onto lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining dry ingredients by hand. Add a little more flour, if necessary, to make firm dough.
On floured surface, roll out 1/8 to 1/4 in. thick for cut-out cookies. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet, small and medium-sized cookies for 6-10 minutes.
Substitute 1 1/4 cups golden syrup for treacle to make lighter, slightly sweeter Gingerbread.
If you want to make these for hanging on the Christmas tree, make a hole near the top with a skewer before baking, to thread ribbon through and bake them for 10 – 15 minutes.