How To: "Muddy Boots" Gingerbread

How To: "Muddy Boots" Gingerbread

It’s coming up to Father’s Day 2019 in the UK (Sunday 16th June), and being given something to eat is always a winner for dads!

To celebrate Father’s Day we’ve created this fun how-to tutorial/gingerbread recipe for kids to make for their dads: naughty gingerbread Herdys who have been jumping in chocolate puddles! A delicious and personal Father’s Day present. Dad can even take these gingerbread biscuits with him, with a flask of hot tea, out into the fells.

And if gingerbread is not the right Father’s Day gift for your Dad, then fear not! You can also make Smartie Biscuits for Dad, too.

This recipe makes about 17 gingerbread Herdys. For the perfect Herdy shape, check out our Herdy Cookie Cutter Set.

What you need to make Herdy “Muddy Boots” Gingerbread for Father’s Day

Dry ingredients for gingerbread

  • 16 oz/450 g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Wet ingredients for gingerbread

  • 6 oz/170 g butter
  • 6 oz/170 g soft brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp golden syrup

You’ll also need...

  • greaseproof paper
  • baking tray
  • rolling pin
  • Herdy cookie cutter set
  • chocolate of your choice
  • pan and bowl to melt chocolate

How to make Herdy “Muddy Boots” Gingerbread

1. First, melt the butter, sugar, and syrup in a pan using a low heat.

2. Whilst they’re melting, mix the gingerbread dry ingredients in a bowl until homogenous then add the melted butter/sugar/syrup mixture. Mix together well until it forms a ball of dough.

3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 7mm thick and use the larger of the two cutters in the Herdy cookie cutter set to cut out the Herdy biscuit shapes.

4. Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake the biscuits for 14 minutes at 160°C/320°F.

5. When the biscuits have cooled down, get a grown up to help you melt your chocolate using a “Bain Marie”, which is a pan of very hot water and a bowl.

6. Break the chocolate up into small pieces and put in the bowl, lower the bowl gently into the pan of very hot water and leave to melt. Stir gently with a fork or spoon so there are no lumps, ensuring not to get any water into the chocolate.

7. When melted, dip the gingerbread Herdys into the chocolate as shown. Depending on how deep he goes in the chocolate puddle, the more chocolate he’ll get covered in!

8. Using a spoon, make a little chocolate puddle as shown and stand the herdy biscuit in the middle.

9. Using a bowl, prop him up so he stands up straight. The curve of the bowl will allow him to be propped up without getting the bowl stuck in the puddle too.

10. Leave to cool down and set.

And there you have it! Some very naughty gingerbread Herdys who have been jumping in chocolate puddles. Pack a few of these with a flask of hot tea or coffee, and dad can happily saunter out into the countryside. Happy Father’s Day!