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Gingerbread Men

To be politically correct, these should be called gingerbread people.

ingredients

makes 20-25
225 g (1/2 lb) 1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup + 1 tsp (75 g) 3 oz icing sugar (confectioners sugar), sifted
2 cups (225 g) 8 oz self-raising flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
75 g/3 oz medium oatmeal
5 drops of vanilla essence
glace icing to decorate

method

1. Cream the fat and gradually beat in the sugar.

2. Sift together the flour, ginger and salt and add to the creamed mixture with the oatmeal and vanilla essence.

3. Mix to a stiff dough. Either mould into the shape of little men by hand or roll out the dough and cut into shapes with a biscuit cutter.

4. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated moderate oven (180°C/350°F, Gas Mark 4) for about 20 minutes.

5. Cool on a wire rack, then pipe on faces, features and buttons with glace icing.

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