Olympic Gingerbread Men

Along with the samosas, me and Matt made gingerbread men yesterday! We tend to bake a lot when he comes down to visit, as it’s something we can do together that’s fun and free, not like going out for meals every night which can get really expensive – we decided to do gingerbread men as I really wanted to bake something Olympics themed, and we thought it would be fun to design our own team. They were quite easy, and you don’t even need cutters for them, I used a sharp knife and cut my own designs (see Usain Bolt’s signature lightning celebration arms) – they were so much fun to decorate, just get a bunch of ‘writing icing’ pens and go mad! Most of ours were Olympians, but we also made ‘ourselves’ and some zombie gingerbread men from the ones that fell apart by accident, and they looked and tasted awesome! My sister even had one, and she usually hates gingerbread, which is a really good sign!

Gingerbread Men


450g of rice flour, plus extra for dusting

Two teaspoons of ground ginger

One teaspoon of mixed spice

Two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda

115g of vegan margarine, plus extra for greasing

100g of golden syrup

115g of light muscovado sugar

One egg, beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, and grease two large baking trays
  2. Sift the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl. Place the margarine, syrup and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat and stir until melted. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix in along with the egg – mix until it forms a stickyish dough.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 3mm thick, then cut out shapes for your gingerbread men with a sharp knife or cutter. Lay out on the baking trays and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let completely cool before icing with icing pens – do whatever patterns/people you fancy :)

Makes around 20

These are some pictures of me and Matt’s favourite ones close up:

Usain Bolt












Zombie Gingerbread










Gingerbread Woman on Holiday


12 thoughts on “Olympic Gingerbread Men

  1. Hi thanks for sharing the recipe. I will have to try this. As this is vegan do you mean egg replacement instead of the one egg in the recipe…?

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