The festive season is fast approaching, are you feeling the Christmas rush as much as we are? Whether you're looking for a simple, gourmet recipe or some easy last-minute gifts, we've got the solution! Maxime from the empreintesucree Instagram has revealed his recipe for small butter gingerbread men. A delicious, fun, versatile idea: offer them to your loved ones, to put under the tree for Father Christmas or to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate.

A recipe to make without moderation!



For the shortbread dough:

● 125g of butter (at room temperature)

● 125g of sugar

● 4 egg yolks (80 g)

● 250g flour type 55, or plain white flour

10g powdered cinammon

● 1 egg for the egg wash

For the glaze (optional):

● 15g of egg white

● 60g of sugar glaze



Remember to take the butter out ahead of time, so that it's already soft when you prepare your Christmas shortbread.

The shortbread dough:

Mix the butter, sugar and egg yolks until the mixture has a smooth consistency, without lumps.

Add the flour and powdered cinnamon and mix again. Stop when the dough is well-mixed, and forms a smooth ball.

Let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour minimum.

Preparation and cooking:

Sprinkle your work surface with flour, then roll out the dough to a half centimetre thickness.

Use the cookie cutter of your choice to cut out the shapes. When finished, collect the dough scraps, form a ball, and roll it out again before cutting more shortbread. Don't waste anything!

Bake in the oven at 180°C for 10 to 12 minutes.

The glaze (optional):

Mix the egg white and icing sugar. If your icing is too runny, add some more icing sugar, gradually.

Pour the icing into a small paper cone or plastic bag.

Get creative! Draw the head, arms, and shirt buttons on your man-shaped shortbread. Leave to dry for about 30 minutes at room temperature, before storing them in a tin and giving them out to those you love, or keeping them all for yourself! Merry Christmas and enjoy.

Dec. 16, 2022, 12:21 p.m.