In a small saucepan add the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar and place over a low heat. Be sure to keep an eye on it as you don’t want the mixture bubbling or boiling over. Simply give it a littler stir every so often.
Once all of your ingredients are melted together give them a good stir to ensure no lumps of brown sugar are left behind, then remove from the heat and let it sit so as to completely cool down. You’ll know your syrup is ready when it starts to thicken and form a caramel type consistency and is cool enough to touch.
In a large bowl place your flour, cinnamon and ginger powders and bicarbonate of soda and stir to combine. Set aside.
Now take your golden sugary concoction and pour it into your flour and start mixing well.
*Optional Extra* Finely dice up the crystallized ginger (if you want to add it in) and add it into your dough. Work it through with your hands to get an even distribution.
Turn your dough out onto a piece of cling wrap and wrap tightly. Place into the fridge for 30 minutes to set. Once chilled, your gingerbread dough will have firmed up somewhat and it will make rolling and cutting your cookies out so much easier.
Sprinkle a little extra GF flour onto a large piece of baking paper and roll out your dough with a well-floured rolling pin until it’s about 1/2cm thick. Then cut out your cookies using whatever shape you like, just be sure to dip your cutters in flour first to stop them from sticking!
Continue to cut and roll your cookies until you have used all of your dough. Leave them on the tray where they are and place straight back into the fridge to set for 1 hour. They can sit quite closely to each other as they won't spread much once cold.
Pre-heat your oven to 180º Celsius and once hot, pop those trays of cookies straight from the fridge into the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the outside edge and tops of the cookies are just slightly starting to brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool fully. Now sit back and enjoy those Christmassy aromas and tastes!