Halloween Gingerbread Skeletons

I really wanted to do some Halloween baking this year so I searched on Google for quite a while to find something fun and simple to make. I found this recipe for Halloween gingerbread and instantly knew I wanted to make them.

Here are the ingredients you need:

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  • 350g plain flour plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 level tsp ground ginger
  • 1 level tsp ground mixed spice
  • 125g butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • Sainsbury’s Ready to Roll Icing (white)
  • Sainsbury’s Colour Writing Icing 76g

You will also need baking paper and gingerbread cutters.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/ Gas 4

STEP TWO: Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl.

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STEP THREE: Rub in the butter.

STEP FOUR: Stir in the sugar.

STEP FIVE: Beat the egg and golden syrup together then mix it in with the mixture.

STEP SIX: Knead the mixture into a dough. (It took a lot to bring the dough together! It kept falling apart so I did a bit at a time and then combined it at the end)

STEP SEVEN: Chill the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes (Chilling it did the job because this made it a lot more together than it previously was)

STEP EIGHT: Roll the dough onto a floured surface (Make sure you put flour on both the surface and the rolling pin. the mixture was a little sticky so it was a challenge to make it not stick)

STEP NINE: Use the cutters to press out the gingerbread shapes (I used a large, medium and small shaped gingerbread  cutter to create a gingerbread family. I found when I cut them with the cutters they would fall apart when I picked them up. It’s best to cut them out on the baking paper so that you then just need to transfer the baking paper to the baking tray. So much easier!

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STEP TEN: Place on a baking tray 

STEP ELEVEN: Put in the oven for 15 minutes (The edges should turn a little brown. They harden up when out of the oven)

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STEP TWELVE: Allow to cool

STEP THIRTEEN: Decorate! ( I couldn’t find the icing pens you need for this anywhere so I used the ready to roll icing to cut out a skeleton shape for each one. This was so difficult! You have to roll the icing a lot in your hand to make it less sticky to then make shapes out of it. I  used chocolate to create eyes, nose and a mouth. It took ages but would have been a lot easier with the icing pens!)

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A long time later this was the finished result! The mixture is supposed to make 24 gingerbread but for me it made half that as mine were a variety of sizes with quite a few larger ones. You can really let your imagination run wild when decorating them and my top tip is to make sure you get icing pens. It was so hard and a bit messy without them!

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