With pre-made packs of biscuits for decorating sometimes ringing in at over £10, Lisa Faulkner's got a recipe for a simple DIY version: Halloween-themed gingerbread men.
Makes: Approx 18 using a large cutter
350g plain flour
125g unsalted butter
175g soft brown sugar
6 tbsp. golden syrup
1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C
2. Grease 2-3 baking trays depending on size
3. Put the ground ginger, flour, butter and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl.
4. With your fingers mix it all together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
5. Add the egg, sugar and 4 tbsp. of the syrup, and then mix again using your fingers, until it looks like pastry. At this point I add 2 more tablespoons of syrup to enable the mixture to bind together.
6. Form the dough into a flat disk by hand, wrap it in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 15 minutes
7. Dust your surface with flour and roll out the pastry to about ½ cm thick, using a rolling pin. Cut out the ginger bread shapes with a cutter.
8. Place the gingerbread men on the greased baking trays.
9. Place the trays into the fridge for 15 minutes until the firm up
10. Put it in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
11. When golden brown decorate with icing, chocolate chips and various other toppings of your choice.