Make these vegan gingerbread men, then check out our vegan Christmas cake, vegan mince pies, vegan trifle and more vegan Christmas dessert recipes.

For more variations on this festive flavour, try our classic gingerbread, gingerbread men and gluten-free gingerbread.


  • 50g soft light brown sugar
  • 50g vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • a generous pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice from an unwaxed lemon


  • STEP 1

    Cook the sugar, butter and golden syrup in a pan over a low heat, stirring, until the butter has melted.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Pour the melted butter mixture into the bowl and stir into the flour to form a dough. Allow the dough to cool for a few minutes until it is comfortable to handle. Lay out a sheet of clingfilm and put the dough into the centre. Fold the clingfilm to seal, then refrigerate for at least 3 hrs.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a baking tray with baking paper.

  • STEP 4

    Remove the dough from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature for 15 mins to make rolling easier. Lightly dust a clean worksurface with flour, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 5mm thickness. Use a shaped cutter to press into the dough and put the gingerbread men onto the lined baking tray. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Cool fully on a wire rack.

  • STEP 5

    To make the icing, stir the icing sugar and lemon juice in a bowl until combined and glossy. Add teaspoons of water if needed to reach your desired consistency. Spoon into a small piping bag and decorate the gingerbread men with eyes, smiles and coat buttons.


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