These can be made dairy-free and gluten-free, as well as vegan - see notes below. If using rice malt syrup instead of honey, consider adding a few drops of Stevia drops as the syrup isn't as sweet as honey. Gingerbread may turn hard for a couple of days after baking if you follow the hard cookie method. This is natural as all the moisture has been drawn out of it during baking. It will start softening again by drawing moisture from the environment, so don't be alarmed. Perhaps only bear in mind that you should gift it a few days after it's been made.