shakira&boys thumbnailSupplied by Shakira Sheikh, devoted mom to 2 beautiful boys who loves cooking, crafting and working for Jozikids and Kznkids

This is a brilliant way to get your kids into the kitchen….even if they are boys!! I don’t have daughters so I do a lot of baking with my boys, and  they love it too, as they get to eat what they make.  This weekend we made ginger bread men. What’s nice about making GBM, is that the rolling and patting of the dough is actually good for low muscle tone, strengthening the fingers, and the kids love the texture in the hands, so instead of using a biscuit cutter for the GBM, we made it from scratch, the head, body, arms & legs and decorated them with choc chips. You can also use smarties for eyes if you like, and the end product is yum!


  1. 2 cups cake flourIMG_0258
  2. ½ cup brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  4. 1 teaspoon bicarb
  5. ½ cup butter (125 ml) – softened
  6. ½ cup golden syrup
  7. Chocolate chips for decor / can use smarties as well


  1. Cream butter & sugar (sugar wont melt)
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix well
  3. Add syrup and mix more
  4. Mixture should be almost doughy
  5. Roll up into a big ball
  6. Give a small ball to each child so they can roll and pat into their won ginger bread man
  7. Left over dough can be rolled out with a rolling pin and can be cut out with biscuit cutter
  8. And decorate with chocolate chips
  9. Bake at 180 deg for 10-15 min (or when you see the biscuit colour becoming brown)
  10.  Let cool, then have with a nice cup of tea!

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