Gingerbread Folk

Fun to bake, delicious to eat and a great edible decoration for the tree.

Serves 24 | Prep time: 25 mins | Cooking time: 12 mins


  • 300g / 10.5oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 125g / 4.4oz vegan butter (e.g. Nuttelex)
  • 100g / 3.5oz soft light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 355ºF and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the spices.
  3. Melt the vegan butter, sugar and maple syrup in a pan over a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves, then add it to the dry ingredients. Stir in until it forms a stiff dough, then cut it in half.
  4. Transfer the paper from the baking sheets to a work surface and place a portion of the dough on each.
  5. Roll out to 5mm thick, then cut out directly on the paper, leaving a 2cm gap between each. Save the cuttings to make more folk or round ginger biscuits.
  6. Carefully lift the papers back onto the baking sheets and bake the gingerbread in the oven for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  7. Leave to cool on the sheet for a few minutes – if you want to hang them as decorations, now is the time to pierce a hole through the top of each with a skewer – then move to a wire rack.
  8. Once cool, ice the gingerbread people and decorate.

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