One of the new things I discovered after moving to the UK is black treacle. My boyfriend really loves it while it really needs to grow on me. The very typical bitter taste can be a turn off when you’re expecting something sweet. So I can tell you already if you don’t like the taste of treacle you won’t like those gingerbread mans as they’ve got a really distinctive treacle taste. But if you like treacle you I can guarantee that they won’t last very long and you might not even end up having enough time to decorate all of them because they’re gone before that ;)

Ultimate Treacle Gingerbread Man Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 100 g baking spread
  • 50 g demerera sugar
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 5 table spoon black treacle
  • 2 tea spoon ground ginger
  • 1 tea spoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tea spoon ground clove
  • 250 g self raising flour
  • gingerbread man cookie cutter
  • 2 table spoon icing sugar
  • a couple of drops of lime juice

Lets get started:

spread treacle

Mix vegetable spread with demerera sugar, caster sugar and treacle


Add ginger, cinnamon and clove


Add self raising flour (I like to sieve it before adding but that’s up to you)

dough ball

Wrap the dough in cling film and pop it in the fridge for about 1 hour

gingerbread baked

Preheat for oven to 180 C ( or your favourite biscuit baking temperature, every oven is different) roll the dough out  on a floured surface and cut your man. Pop them in the oven for about 10-12 minutes and let them cool on a rack. Mix up the icing and decorate your gingerbread man the way you like them.

Gingerbread man

Happy Baking!

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I’m San and I’m the voice behind Loopsan. I’m a scientist by day (oh-no nerd alarm ;-)) but at night I turn into a crafter with heart. I love to crochet, bake, travel, keep memories in photographs and love everything DIY.


  1. Hi San, thanks so much for popping in at my blog to say hello! It’s always lovely to find another Midlands blogger and you’d be most welcome to join us at our next get together :-)
    Have a happy week & I look forward to following your crafty adventures,
    Love Gilly xx

    • San Reply

      Thanks a lot Gilly :) Can’t wait to meet you in person!
      For now I have to dig deeper through your blog! Wish I could sew as good as you do!
      San xx

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