Zesty orange gluten-free gingerbread men

This recipe for zesty orange gluten-free gingerbread men gives a nice twist on the classic gingerbread biscuit by adding orange zest along with stem ginger for an exciting kick. Plus the house will smell delicious as they bake!

gluten-free gingerbread men

Zesty orange gluten-free gingerbread men

By Udis Gluten-Free (www.udisglutenfree.co.uk)    

Makes 16 | Prep 25 mins plus chilling | Cook 12-15 mins | Calories 165 (per gingerbread man)


  • 275g (10oz) Udi’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 dsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 25g (1oz) stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 75g (2¾oz) butter
  • 50g (1¾oz) dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup

For the icing:

  • 175g (6oz) icing sugar
  • 20ml (1fl oz) warm water
  • gluten-free food gel, colours to suit
  • gluten-free decorations
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5.  Grease and line two baking trays.
  2. Sieve the flour, ginger, xanthan gum and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl, then add the orange zest and stem ginger.
  3. Place a small pan over a low heat and add the butter, sugar and golden syrup. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then pour into the flour mix. Beat with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined and a firm dough has formed. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle a work surface with a little flour and roll out the dough to 5mm (¼in) thick. Use cutters to make the gingerbread shapes and place on the baking trays, leaving a little space between each one.
  5. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until firm and golden brown, then turn out onto a cooling tray.
  6. Mix the icing sugar with the water to make a thick icing. Colour with your choice of food colouring and use to decorate the biscuits as desired.