Preheat the oven to 180 C. Lightly grease 2-3 baking trays.
Mix together the treacle, brown sugar, water and butter in a large bowl.
Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and spices. Add to sugar mixture and mix together well to make a dough. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Divide dough in half. Roll out dough to 5mm thickness on a floured surface. Using a floured gingerbread man pastry cutter cut out 30 shapes and place, about 5cm apart on baking trays. Bake in batches if necessary, for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly, lift onto wire racks to cool. and decorate with icing of your choice.