BONHOMME DE PAIN D'ÉPICES: the easy recipe

Un gingerbread man ( Gingerbread man in English) is a human-shaped gingerbread cookie. Other forms are possible according to the seasonal themes (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.).

This cookie is traditionally found in winter in Anglo-Saxon countries. There are different variations, depending on the clothing, character or gender of the character.

Gingerbread has been known since the XNUMXth century and the attribution of a human form dates back to the XNUMXth century. The first known gingerbread men were served at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England, who loved to offer her guests gingerbread figures bearing their likeness.

Most of the gingerbread men share the same physical characteristics, with stubby feet and no fingers. They usually have a face embedded directly into the cookie or drawn on the surface with frosting or chocolate. It is common to dress them with hair, cuffs and buttons on shirts or shoes.
In Sweden, it is common for children to dress up as gingerbread men for the Saint Lucia parade, where we eat the saffron bun.

The little gingerbread man is also a fairy tale about a gingerbread man who comes to life, runs away from an elderly couple and various animals that want to eat him, and ends up being eaten by a fox.

Level of difficulty: easy
Preparation time : 30 min
Rest time : 2 hours
Cooking time : 10 min
Total time : 40 min + 2 h (rest)
Ingredients: 10 people
350 g flour
2 tbsp. to c. baking soda
1 pinch of salt
2 tbsp. ground ginger
1 C. to c. cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp. to c. allspice or Espelette
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 c. to c. ground black pepper
170 g butter, softened
75 g granulated sugar
85 g cane sugar
1 big egg
120 g of honey
tube icing of different colors or royal icing (200 g icing sugar, 1 egg white, 1 lemon, 3 tbsp of water) 


  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and black pepper. 
  • Whisk to combine everything.
  • In another bowl, mix for 2 to 3 minutes the butter and sugars until obtaining a light and soft consistency. 
  • Add the egg and honey, while stirring.
  • Incorporate the flour-spice mixture into that of butter-sugar-honey and mix until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
  • Divide the dough into two discs and wrap in plastic wrap.  fgrq.jpg
  • Refrigerate during 2 h.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator.
  • Leave 15 min at room temperature.
  • Place on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle with flour. 
  • Roll out the dough to about 3 mm thick.
  • Cut out snowman shapes with a cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  • Preheat oven to 180 ° C.
  • Bake during 8 at 10 min.
  • Go out and let cool.
  • Use tube glazing of different colors to decorate cookies.

Quote about cooking:

“There is no good food if it is not made in the beginning out of friendship for the one for whom it is intended.”

Paul Bocuse / Interview with Bernard Pivot - January 1976

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