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Guest Post: Headless Halloween Gingerbread People

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Guest Post: Headless Halloween Gingerbread People

Halloween has always been my absolute favorite holiday–perhaps more than my birthday! I have an insatiable sweet tooth and an adoration for candy. I also love all of the fanfare that comes with Halloween, including dressing up in costumes, scary movies, haunted houses and creepy, edible treats! No matter one’s age, anyone can get into the Halloween spirit.

Halloween will be here before we know it and it’s easier to plan ahead–particularly when planning a party on a budget. Whether you’re planning a Halloween party for your children, or for adults, has great Halloween recipes for kids and Halloween recipes for adults. Check out’s 291 Halloween Recipes: A Monstrous Menu, which includes Halloween appetizer recipes, Halloween drink recipes, Halloween party food recipes, inexpensive Halloween candy ideas, awesome pumpkin recipes and more.

Among the homemade Halloween treats on’s Monstrous Menu, we have a recipe for Headless Halloween Gingerbread People, a whimsical, Halloween recipe with a sense of humor submitted by Jane Faye of Gaia Noir. Who says gingerbread cookies are just for Christmastime? Faye proves with this cookie recipe that gingerbread people can also be used in a fun, new way for Halloween! This recipe is easy enough for your little ones to make, and just as tasty as your favorite gingerbread cookies at Christmas–except they have the added dash of fruit jam for “blood.” Both children and adults will get a kick out of this easy and inexpensive Halloween recipe at your upcoming celebration.

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Recipe: Headless Halloween Gingerbread People

Cooking time: 10 minutes


  • 10 ounces or 300 grams self-raising flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 ounces or 100 grams caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 ounces or 50 grams margarine or dairy-free spread
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 4 tablespoons milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry or strawberry jam


1. Heat oven to 160 degrees Celsius or 325 degrees F. Grease a baking tray.

2. Put salt, flour and ginger in a bowl. Warm sugar, fat and syrup together, and add this to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

3. Add milk or water and mix to a firm consistency, then knead lightly.

4. Roll out dough and use a person-shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes out.

5. Modify these shapes with a knife, removing most of the head. Feel free to get creative and leave jagged edges at the neck or remove part of a limb too etc!

6. Place on baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove and cool on cooling rack, as syrup-based cookies need a few minutes to crisp up after baking.

7. Decorate with the jam and a pasty brush/small paintbrush, brushing the jam onto the necks. Again, feel free to get creative – clumps or trickles of jammy ‘gore’ are all in the spirit of Halloween!


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