Create your own Gingerbread Decorations

Create your own Gingerbread Decorations

A flock of bird-shaped gingerbread decorations to bake and decorate.

Makes 20 biscuits


  • 75g Golden syrup

  • 100g Light Muscovado Sugar

  • 2 tsp Ginger (ground)

  • ½ tsp Cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

  • ½ tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

  • 100g Unsalted butter 

  • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda 

  • 300g Plain White Flour

  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Put the golden syrup, sugar, spices and vanilla paste in a pan on a low heat and stir regularly until the sugar has dissolved and everything has combined. 

  • Add butter and stir until it is fully incorporated. 

  • Take off the heat and whisk in bicarbonate of soda, it will puff up and turn paler in colour. 

  • Leave the mixture to cool for a couple of minutes and then add the flour. Mix with a wooden spoon (or if you’re feeling lazy tip the mix into your stand mixture and beat on a low speed) until the mixture comes together and resembles dough. 

  • Turn the mixture out onto a piece of clingfilm and press into a rectangle. Cover with another piece of clingfilm and wrap your dough before putting it in the fridge for at least an 2 hours or overnight. 

  • When you’re ready to bake your birdy biscuits, preheat the oven to 180'c fan.

  • Dust your surface with a little plain flour and roll out to an even thickness of about 1cm. Place your paper bird template on your dough and carefully cut around it using a sharp knife. Use a skewer to make a hole at least 1cm away from the edge of your bird for your ribbon to go through. 

  • Place your birds on a lined baking sheet at least a couple of centimetres away from each other and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until they’re golden brown. 

  • Use your skewer to reopen the hole for your ribbon while the biscuits are still hot and then cool on a wire rack. 

  • Decorate with royal icing and any edible Christmassy decorations that take your fancy