Learning goals: assisting others, using mathematical thinking in an everyday situation

Lumi loves gingerbreads. They are brown biscuits popular in Finland around the holiday season. Have ever seen or tasted them? Here is Lumi’s best recipe for them. Ask an adult to help preapare the dough and have fun baking the gingerbreads to different forms.

Gingerbread dough recipe

This recipe makes 700g of dough. 

1dl of dark syrup

1 dl of sugar

2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon of ginger powder

1 teaspoon of clove powder

125 g of butter or margarine

1 egg

4,5 – 5 dl of flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Boil syrup, sugar and spices in a saucepan. Add butter and stir until it has melted. Allow to cool gently.

Add egg and stir well. Mix flour and baking soda in a separate bowl.

Add the flour mixture to the saucepan. Stir well.

Cover the saucepan with cling film and let the dough cool in refrigerator overnight.

Steps of baking gingerbread

For baking gingerbread, you need a rolling bin, cookie cutters, pre-mixed gingerbread dough and flour.

1. Take out your pre-made gingerbread dough from the refrigerator. The dough needs to be cool for baking.

2. Spread flour on a baking tray. Roll out the dough into a thin plate together with children.

3. Show children how to press the cutter into the dough plate. Press more shapes into the dough. Remove excess dough around the gingerbread cookies.

4. Transfer the gingerbread cookies carefully to a baking sheet. Bake in oven at 175 – 200 degrees Celsius from 6 to 8 minutes.

5. Decorate the ready-baked gingerbread cakes with sugar icing. If you don’t have the possibility to bake these at home, you can find ready-baked cookies and decorate them together.

Toddler Adaptation

Toddler friendly when adult prepares the dough. Toddler can assist in preparing the dough.