Tasty all year round and absolutely essential at Christmas, these vegan gingerbread men are a delicious sweet treat and they always make me smile! 

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Three vegan gingerbread men decorated with glace icing clothes.

Making Vegan Gingerbread Men With Children

Baking gingerbread people was a massive part of my early motherhood. I think we pretty much made a weekly batch from the time they could stand on a stool and hold a spoon. 

Gingerbread cookies are perfect first bakes for little ones. The recipe is uncomplicated and vegan gingerbread dough is, basically, edible playdough!

You don’t have to stick to people shaped cutters, there are cookie cutters in so many shapes! Try cute animals, dinosaurs, flowers, ninjabread men – whatever suits your child or you! 

There are an infinite number of beautifully decorated gingerbread biscuits with complicated and intricate designs out there in internet land, but I keep mine simple. A happy face and some party clothes are all that’s required and making them doesn’t daunt children (or their grown ups)!

Iced Vegan Gingerbread People.

Once we start, there’s no stopping us! Here’s a whole batch of  gingerbread people having a party at Gingerbread Towers!

Vegan Gingerbread People decorated with glace icing clothes.

How To Make Vegan Gingerbread Men

Veganising my gingerbread recipe was far easier than I thought it would be. I was worried that the dough would spread in the oven and my people would lose their shape but that didn’t happen at all! 

These tips should help you to bake a batch of handsome folk.

  • Once the dough is made it will need cooling completely and chilling in the fridge until it firms up. I make my dough the day before I need it.
  • I tested for spread by freezing one batch of cut out people for 20 minutes before cooking and cooking another batch without chilling them. Both sets of people kept their shape without spreading. Hoorah! I’m all for an easy life! If you find yours spread a little (all vegan butters are different and ovens all cook slightly differently) try the freezer method. 
  • If you like a biscuit with snap, roll your dough out thinly to about 1/4cm but reduce the cooking time and check them regularly. No one wants a burnt foot!
  • If you prefer a softer bite roll it thicker, 1/2cm works well. 
  • Once your gingerbread people are baked leave them to cool and firm up on their baking tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Glacé icing is made with icing sugar and a little water. You will need far less water than you think. Add it a couple of drops at a time and mix well. You are looking for a thick paste which will hold its shape when piped. Test it on a practice biscuit or a piece of card until you are happy with it. Use a teeny piping nozzle for detail. 
  • Hunt down vegan friendly cake decorations to use as buttons glued on with a blob of icing.

Decorated Vegan Gingerbread Men.

More Vegan Baking Ideas

If you have the baking bug, you might also enjoy making these!

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Iced Vegan Gingerbread People.

Vegan Gingerbread Men

A simple recipe for vegan gingerbread men, easy to make with children and utterly delicious!
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Course: Baked Goods, Biscuits and Cookies
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Christmas baking, Gingerbread men, vegan baking
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours
Servings: 36
Calories: 103kcal


  • Baking sheets
  • Non stick baking parchment
  • Piping bag with small nozzle
  • Large bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • rolling pin
  • Cookie Cutters


For the Gingerbread People

  • 150 g vegan butter
  • 100 g soft, light brown sugar
  • 100 g golden syrup
  • 100 g black treacle
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 450 g plain flour

For the Glace Icing

  • 6 tbsp icing sugar (powdered/confectioners sugar)
  • water
  • vegan cake decorations/chocolate chips to add details optional


To Make The Gingerbread People

  • Melt the butter, sugar, syrup and treacle together over a gentle heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Leave to cool for 20 minutes.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a well in the middle and pour in the cooled liquids. Stir together until a dough forms. Draw it together with your hands, knead briefly and form it into a flat disc. It will be sticky to the touch.
  • Refrigerate for at least 6 hours (preferably overnight) to allow the dough to firm up.
  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  • Line 3 baking sheets with non stick baking parchment.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and divide in half.
  • Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin and roll one half out to between 1/4 and 1/2cm. It will be sticky, add more flour as needed.
  • Cut out your gingerbread people and lay them on your prepared baking sheets.
  • Roll up the extra dough, re roll and cut out more shapes until you have no dough left.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 5-8 minutes until browning. Check regularly as ovens are all different and cooking time will depend how thin you have rolled your dough. If you have made them very portly they may need a couple more minutes.
  • Cool on the tray for a few minutes to allow them to firm up.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  • Repeat with the remaining dough.

To Decorate

  • Add water to the icing sugar a couple of drops at a time until you have a thick, pipeable paste.
  • Pipe features onto your gingerbread people using a small icing nozzle and an icing bag.
  • Add little vegan cake decorations for added detail.


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.
This recipe can be easily halved or increased.
The dough keeps well in the fridge for three days and is suitable for freezing.
Oven temperatures vary and cooking times may be different, keep a close eye on your gingerbread people as they cook. 
The dough is very sticky, flour your surface and rolling pin well for best results. 


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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