175g plain flour (gluten free will work)
1 tspn mixed spice
1 tspn bicarbonate of soda
2 tspns ground ginger
2 tbspns golden syrup or treacle
75g dairy free margarine (or butter)
75g soft dark brown sugar
Currants if desired for features
Melt margarine, syrup/treacle, and sugar in a pan, don't allow it to boil.
Sieve the dry the ingredients together, and stir the melted ingredients into the dry. Knead until smooth on a floured surface. Roll out to 1/8th inch, 1/4cm thickness, and cut into shapes of your choice. Add currants for eyes, mouth, and buttons for people if desired. Place on a lined tray, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes at Gas mark 5, 375°F, 180°C, until golden. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
You could decorate with icing if you prefer.