Gingerbread mummies recipe

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Halloween gingerbread mummies are so simple but effective, made with gingerbread men and icing to create a 'mummy' effect. The kids can help make them too!

Gingerbread mummies
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time30 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories158 Kcal8%
Fat3.5 g5%
Saturated Fat2 g10%

These gorgeously golden gingerbread mummies are ready in just 45 minutes.

Our Halloween gingerbread mummies recipe is so simple. It's quick to whip up, only requiring a gingerbread person shape cutter and some piped icing to create that 'mummy' effect. Plus, these Halloween cookies are perfect if you've got lots of people to feed, as it makes 30 gingerbread mummies in just one batch. Let the kids get creative with decorating using icing and Smarties. Or give them red writing icing and chocolate sprinkles to make these treats even spookier.


  • 350g plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 100g butter
  • 175g soft light brown sugar
  • 3tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 medium egg
  • 400g white icing sugar
  • Decorate with icing pens and Smarties




  1. To start your halloween gingerbread sift flour into a mixing bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and ginger. Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar.
  2. Gently warm the syrup in a glass bowl in the microwave for 15 secs. Add the egg, whisk together and pour onto the flour mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until clumps form, then mix with your hands to make a smooth dough.
  3. Lightly dust the work surface with flour and roll out the dough to about the thickness of two £1 coins. Cut out shapes using biscuit cutters and place on baking trays lined with baking paper. Re-roll the trimmings and cut out more shapes until all the dough has been used.
  4. Heat the oven to 190C, gas 5. Bake the biscuits for 10-15 mins. Cool slightly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool and harden.
  5. To decorate, mix the icing sugar with 3-4tbsp water and pipe all over the biscuits to create a mummy effect. Finish off by using coloured icing for the mouth and eyes - or, round sweets like Smarties and Skittles.

Top tips for making gingerbread mummies:

Let the kids help with handy disposable piping bags. It'll cut down on the washing up too.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies