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Vegan gingerbread men decorated with icing for Christmas
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The Best Vegan Gingerbread People

These gorgeous vegan gingerbread people have a fantastic crunch, and are full of those warm Christmasy-gingerbread spices. You can make them into any shapes, and enjoy any day of the year - they don't just have to be gingerbread people!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Decorating time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert, pudding
Cuisine: American, british
Keyword: biscuits, christmas, gingerbread, gingerbread cookie
Author: Vanessa


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Tray
  • Rolling Pin
  • piping bag with nozzle (or food bag with corner cut out)


For the Gingerbread People

  • 60 g oil / vegan butter (¼ cup)
  • 175 g self-raising flour (1 ⅓ cup)
  • 60 g brown sugar (¼ cup)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100 g golden syrup (⅓ cup)
  • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

For the Decoration

  • 300 g icing sugar / powdered sugar  (2 cups)
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • decoration of choice e.g. edible silver balls (double-check they are vegan!), vegan chocolate buttons


For the Gingerbread People

  • 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.

To Decorate the Gingerbread People

  • Sift the icing sugar / powdered sugar into a big mixing bowl.
  • Add the water one drop at a time and mix in. When you have something that’s the consistency of toothpaste, don’t add any more water. If you get a consistency that’s too runny, then add in more icing sugar / powdered sugar.
  • Put the icing in a piping bag (or just a plastic food bag with a small corner cut off) and pipe eyes, buttons and ‘clothing’ on to the gingerbread people.
  • While the icing is still wet (act quickly as it hardens fast) stick on any decorations. Leave to dry.
  • Hold a gingerbread gang party!!!