Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based blogger, mama, creative, coffee-only with my oxygen, vegan, plus-size fashion lover and feminist.


Secret Santa & Easy Gingerbread Recipe.

When I saw that the lovely Amy from Weekly Bake-Off was hosting a secret Santa on twitter I jumped at the chance to take part. In hindsight I really should of thought about how much I had to do already in the run up to Christmas and how limited my time was, but my mind was fogged by the prospect of presents!

I was really worried that my secret Santa parcel was going to be a bit naff, even as I was making the items I was doubting their worth and feeling like a pretty crappy Santa. However, once the items were decorated and packaged I stepped back and surveyed my work...

I was pretty impressed with myself! So here is what I made/bought:

  • 4 decorated gingerbread man pops complete with bow ties and cheeky grins.
  • 12 mini gingerbread men biscuits with white chocolate buttons
  • A packet of salted caramel fudge, because frankly it sounded delicious!
  • Chocolate coins, you know, because Christmas isn't Christmas without some chocolate coins!
  • I very much hope my secret Santa recipient Alison from Hungry Squirrels loves her gifts and I can't wait to see what I get.

    I altered my gingerbread recipe slightly and made masses of the stuff but as a few people have asked about the recipe, here it is;


  • 725 g plain flour
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cloves

  • 300 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 125 g light muscavado
  • 220 g black treacle (you can use any type of syrup or treacle)

  • You simply melt the butter, sugars and syrup/treacle in a saucepan until all combined/melted. I found that with the black treacle they didn't combine well but once everything was liquid enough I took it off the heat. Be sure not to burn or boil the mixture.

    Seive the flour, spices and bicarb into a large bowl, then pour the melted mixture over and combine into a dough. Tip the dough onto a work surface and wrap in clingfilm. Pop it in the fridge to chill for 30mins+ (My first batch got 1 hour, my second got 24 hours, both were fine so whatever is convenient for you)

    And there you have it! Simply roll out to desired thickness and make as many shapes as you like! I popped some larger gingerbread men on lolly sticks and they worked really well! They needed to be rolled a little thicker but I was really pleased with results.

    I received my Secret Santa gift today, although I have no idea who it is from. I am not sure if I got the whole Secret Santa thing backwards but I thought you were suppose to reveal your identity when giving the gift? Hopefully I will find out who sent me the Marshmallow Fudge so I can say thanks.

    Have you done any Secret Santa's this year? I read somewhere that home-baked secret santa gifts are a cheap cop out! I would say the opposite, home made shows you care, right?