Not just for gingerbread people – look out for cutters in the shape of a princess, pony, teddy bear, star, or letters of the alphabet. The dough is made in a saucepan and mixed with a wooden spoon. After baking you can have fun with the icing pens, silver balls, choc chips, Smarties, hundreds and thousands!
Makes about 12 large figures
ROYAL ICING: This can be left white or coloured with a few drops of icing food colouring (from supermarkets). It is easy to pipe lines and squiggles with this icing using a greaseproof paper icing bag or with a small plastic bag (sandwich bags work well) with the tip snipped off. Sift 200g icing sugar into a bowl and stir in an egg white to make an icing that is stiff but can be piped or spread. Spoon into the piping bag and snip off the end when ready to pipe. Leftover icing can be stored in a small airtight container for a couple of days. Add a few drops of water if it has become a bit stiff.