Preheat the oven to 180 C. Lightly grease baking tray.
Mix together the treacle or honey, brown sugar, water and butter.
Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices. Add to sugar mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Roll dough .5cm (1/4 in) thick on a floured surface. Cut with floured gingerbread man pastry cutter. Place about 5cm (2 in) apart on baking tray. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool and decorate with icing of your choice.
After icing the men, you and the children can decorate them using candy for eyes and for the hair.