I believe the elves got this cute little kit from home bargains, as I’ve seen them there myself for £1.99. In the bag you get the gingerbread mix, the icing mix. a bag of small sugar beads and a cookie cutter. The boys where super excited to get started.
For the gingerbread we had to add 100g of butter and 20ml of water, we used dairy free butter because of Tommy’s lactose intolerance. Neither of them were particularly keen on mixing the butter into the floury mix, however once I had done it they both enjoyed feeling it.
After the boys added the water and mixed, the gingerbread dough formed. They enjoyed patting and prodding the smooth ball of yummy goodness. We may have stolen a few bites!
After we had taste tested and approved, we moved onto rolling out the dough. We rolled it a little thicker than suggested (although a few did end up quite thin somehow), this is because I prefer a soft gingerbread opposed to a crunchy one.
Of course we all had to have a go at rolling, or in the boys case ‘beating’. The poor dough held up well though and we managed to get a whopping 21 gingerbread men. Noah was very careful in helping to cut them out and placing them on to the baking tray.
The packaging said to cook for 10-15 minutes, but they were definitely done after 10. Some had started to brown a little underneath. Once cooled we used cocktail sticks to apply the icing, we found this much easier than using either a knife or a spoon.
It didn’t take Tommy long to realise that the icing tasted very yummy, so he gave up on decorating and just ate it instead. He also had a sneaky gingerbread man or two!
Overall I was very impressed with this kit, another great afternoon make with the kids. Of course you could always make your own from scratch, but if you’re anything like me then homemade biscuits are usually a disaster. Plus we didn’t have a gingerbread cutter until now. I mean they were so good that we’ve eaten them all already!