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Vegan gingerbread cookies lined up in the shape of a Christmas tree
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Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Festive and fun vegan gingerbread cookies. These gingerbread men are crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and packed with ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Baking, Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 16
Calories: 117kcal


For the Gingerbread Men:

For the Decorating Frosting:


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C)
  • Add the vegan butter and brown sugar to an electric mixing bowl and cream together.
  • Prepare your flax egg by mixing 1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal with 3 Tbsp Hot Water and allowing to sit for a minute.
  • Add the molasses, vanilla and flax egg to the electric mixer and beat together with the vegan butter and brown sugar.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl and add the baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice and cloves and mix together.
  • Add all the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl containing the wet ingredients and mix into a thick batter.
  • Flour a surface and your hands very generously and transfer the cookie dough onto the baking surface. Roll it into a ball, adding flour as needed so it doesn't stick.
  • Roll out with a rolling pin to around a ¼ inch thick and cut out some gingerbread men. Dip your cookie cutter in flour each time so it doesn't stick. Move the gingerbread men to a parchment lined baking tray.
  • Gather the scraps of dough, form into a ball and roll out again, cutting out more men.
  • Don't be shy to add more flour each time, this dough can be quite sticky and you need it not to be as you roll it, so add flour as needed. Any excess flour on the gingerbread cookies will bake off.
  • Repeat this process until you have used all the dough.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes and then remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before decorating.
  • When you're ready to decorate, mix the decorating frosting ingredients together. It should be quite thick, but when you stir it into a peak, it should hold it's shape for a bit before melting back down and should be quite sticky.



  1. Weigh your flour for the most accurate results or use the spoon and level method. Spoon the flour into your measuring cup and then level off the top with a knife. 
  2. If you have accidentally used too much flour and/or the brand of vegan butter you have used has a lower water content, you may end up with a dough that is too crumbly - in this instance, add in a small amount of non-dairy milk until you get the right consistency of dough that you see in the pictures/video.
  3. The number of gingerbread men you'll get from this recipe depends largely on the size of your cookie cutter.
  4. Nutritional information is for 1 cookie of 16, without frosting decoration.


Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.3g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 1.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 142mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 10.8g