You know how your kids have cute words that they use and then you have to keep using them long beyond when they can say them properly because they are just so cute! Mia calls gingerbread men "Gingermans". She also calls containers "Tain-gers" and called icecrea "Ice-esh" when she was about 18 months so we still use that one.
We have been slowly working our way through the activity advent, completely out of order. So far we have collected stuff on the beach to make decorations, made orange pomanders (a bit of a disaster as I didn't realise that cloves are actually quite sharp for little fingers!), got Xmas books out from the library, made an Xmas cake (not on the list but still Christmasey!), wrapped up a present to put under the Xmas trees for kids in need, and today made Gingermans!
Here is the recipe:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 c treacle
1 1/2 t ginger
1 t mixed spice
1 t cinnamon
2 t baking soda
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 c self raising flour
1. In a pot heat sugar, treacle and spices until they come to the boil, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove from the heat and add baking soda (make sure your kids watch this, it is pretty cool!)
3. Gently stir in butter until melted.
4. With a fork, stir in egg then gradually incorporate flour.
5. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until a soft dough.
6. Roll out to about 5mm and cut out your gingermans, or whatever shape you desire.
7. Bake at 165 C for 8 - 10 mins. They cook pretty quickly so watch them quite closely.
8. Decorate using icing and raisins or mini m and ms like we did!