• 50g Sugar
  • 75g soft Margarine or butter
  • 150g of Plain flour
  • 1 Egg yoke
  • 1 Orange to great the zest and squeeze some juice from
  • Vanilla essence
  • Selection of food colouring and fine paintbrushes
  • Greased baking tray
  • Gingerbread man cutter
First pre heat the oven to Gas mark 4, 180C or 350F.
Mix the butter and the sugar together until smooth and add a few drops of vanilla essence.

Separate the egg yoke from the whites!

Mix in the yoke and stir well.

Grate the zst of the orange and then cut in half and squeeze some juice in to a cup for later.

Add the orange zest to the bowl and then sieve the plain flour in to the mixture.

Mix everything together adding the orange juice as necessary till you have a dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film and leave in the fridge for  20 minutes.

Dust the work surface and rolling pin with some flour and then unwrap your dough and roll out flat.

Use your Gingerbread man cutter to cut out lots of people shapes.

Lay each one on the greased baking tray and  carefully cut one leg in to a peg leg shape. Use the left over dough to roll small balls for an eye patch and stick one on to each head.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. 
Leave to cool.

Once cool, use the black food colouring or food colouring pen if you have one to draw on the patch.
Let the children enjoy painting their pirates with the food colouring as they wish!

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