Skeleton gingerbread men recipe

Skeleton gingerbread men

  • makes 30 biscuits
  • Easy

Check out our skeleton gingerbread men. This simple gingerbread biscuit recipe easily makes 30 spooky skeletons, and they’re the ideal Halloween treat for all the kids to enjoy


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  • plain flour 300g, plus extra for dusting
  • bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp
  • ground ginger 2 tsp
  • ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • butter 125g
  • soft dark brown or dark muscovado sugar 100g
  • golden syrup 2 tbsp
  • black treacle 2 tbsp
  • royal icing 100g
  • black edible food colour pen or black writing icing to decorate, (optional)


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the flour, bicarb, ground ginger and ground cinnamon in a bowl.

  • Step 2

    Put the butter, sugar, syrup and treacle in a pan and heat gently until melted. Pour into the flour mix and combine to a dough (if it feels too stiff, add a drop of water to help bring it together).

  • Step 3

    Roll out the dough on a lightly floured worksurface to about ½cm thick. Cut into biscuits using a gingerbread man cutter, then gather up the off cuts, reroll and keep cutting until you have used up all the dough.

  • Step 4

    Lay onto two baking-paper-lined baking sheets and cook for 12-14 minutes until dark golden brown. Cool completely.

  • Step 5

    To decorate, put the royal icing in a bowl and mix in enough water (about 1-2 tbsp) until the texture resembles toothpaste.

  • Step 6

    Use a piping bag with a very thin nozzle to pipe skeleton outlines on the biscuits. Leave to set, then add faces with an edible food colour pen or writing icing, if you like.

  • Step 7

    These will keep for 3-4 days in an airtight container. If transporting to a party, put sheets of baking paper between the biscuit layers to keep the icing from being damaged.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 101
  • Fat 3.6g
  • Saturates 2.2g
  • Carbs 16g
  • Sugars 8.2g
  • Fibre 0.5g
  • Protein 1.1g
  • Salt 0.2g