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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!
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