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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

  • 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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