Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.
Rub the oil / butter together with the flour until it becomes like breadcrumbs.
Stir in the sugar and the salt.
Warm the golden syrup through in a pan, then stir in the bicarbonate of soda and the spices (you can use less spice if making for kids).
Add the syrup to the flour, sugar and oil / butter mixture. Combine until you have a soft, smooth dough ball.
Roll out the dough on a clean, floured surface.
Using a gingerbread-person shaped cookie cutter (or any shape you want), cut out as many people as you can. Then re-roll the remaining dough so you can cut out more gingerbread people.
Place all gingerbread people on a lined baking tray (you may need more than one tray).
Put in the oven for 15 mins. When they come out they’ll be a little soft. Let them harden for at least 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.