Friday, 7 November 2014

Gingerbread Reindeer

A lovely easy biscuit recipe from a friend that you can decorate to make reindeer! This was a wonderful tip I saw doing the rounds on Social Media last year.

This recipe is so easy, it's a blend of various recipes so things like xanthum gum may need tweaking and the amount of flour may need to be increased. This will make about 30 gingerbread men/reindeer.


• 140g pure sunflower spread
• 100g dark muscovado sugar
• 3 tbsp golden syrup
• 350g Doves gluten free plain flour
• 1 tsp gluten free bicarbonate of soda
• 1.5 tsp Xanthum gum
• 3 tsp ground ginger
• 1 tsp ground nutmeg
• 1 tsp ground cloves


Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan. Mix flour, soda, spices and xanthum gum in a bowl. Stir in the butter mix to make a stiff-ish dough.

Wait until cool enough to handle, then roll out dough to about 5mm thick. Stamp out gingerbread men, re-rolling and pressing the trimmings back together and rolling again. Lift onto baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 mins until golden.

Cool 10 mins on the sheets, then lift onto cooling racks.

Decorate upside down as reindeer!

Tip: Remember that these will spread a little in the oven so keep a bit of a space between them.  
These keep for about a week in an airtight tin, dough should freeze if made in quantity.


  1. They are so cute I am going to make some this year

  2. What a brilliant idea to turn them into reindeers. Pinning this, I know the kids will love decorating some.

  3. That is such a great idea, I love the taste of gingerbread it is so festive :)


  4. Gingerbread men / shapes are the one thing the kids beg me to make!

  5. I LOVE gingerbread, and it is such a festive flavour too.

  6. What a brilliant idea!!! I love it! Thank you, must make some of these this year...

  7. Interesting. Such a clever idea to decorate them other way around... very clever :-)

  8. With 3 sons I'd be surprised if there were any left over to freeze!


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