Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
Line 2 baking sheets with baking
parchment. Melt butter, sugar and syrup
in a pan. Mix flour, soda, spices and a
pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in the butter
mix and chopped ginger to make a stiff-ish dough.
Wait until cool enough to handle, then
roll out dough to about 5mm thick. Stamp
out gingerbread men, re-rolling and
pressing the trimmings back together and
rolling again. Lift onto baking sheets. Bake
for 12 mins until golden. Cool 10 mins on
the sheets, then lift onto cooling racks.
To decorate, mix icing sugar with a few
drops of water until thick and smooth.
Halve then slice cherries thinly to make
smiles, and cut ginger into small squares.
Spoon icing into a food bag, snip off the
tiniest bit from one corner, then squeeze
eyes and buttons, and a tiny smile onto
1 man at a time. Stick on a cherry smile
and ginger buttons. Repeat; leave to set.
Will keep up to 1 week in an airtight tin.