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Baking gingerbread men and houses are a classic holiday pastime. But if you find yourself devouring an entire gingerbread village in one day, there are plenty of other recipes that use the classic holiday flavor. From traditional cookies to cocktails, cakes and ice cream, here are 25-plus recipes for the gingerbread lover.
Pick up some fresh Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples to make this recipe. The sweet apple filling is complemented by crumbled gingerbread cookies for the best flavors of fall and winter.
This isn’t any ordinary gingerbread cake. This impressive yet difficult dessert will dazzle your holiday guests. Why? As you slice through the cake, there are poached pears in the middle.
Make sure to add on these yummy gingerbread tags after wrapping up your gifts. Your loved ones will appreciate these far more than your average sticker gift tags.
This gingerbread oatmeal is among the best breakfast recipes you can make ahead for Christmas morning. Let the slow cooker do the work, then wake up to the cozy smell of gingerbread in your kitchen.
You already know about building houses out of gingerbread cookies for Christmas, but have you heard of gingerbread cake houses? Soft, dense cake slices can make a stronger foundation for your gingerbread house than flat gingerbread cookies. Make this a new Christmas tradition with your kids.
Chestnuts roasted over an open fire aren’t the only cozy winter treat. These pecans are baked with a gingerbread spice blend that just tastes like the holiday season.
Baking and decorating classic gingerbread men with your family is one of the best ways to kick off the holiday season. Add gumdrops, chocolate chips, colored frosting and more to personalize these snazzy sweets.
This creamy dessert packs a strong flavor of ginger root. Make this custard for the holidays instead of the usual seasonal pumpkin or apple desserts to impress your guests.
Satisfy the taste buds of chocolate lovers while also fulfilling those holiday cravings. This recipe includes everything you love in a boxed chocolate cake mix and adds a seasonal flair courtesy of ginger, cinnamon, allspice and molasses.
This pumpkin recipe goes beyond the traditional pumpkin pie. Experience all the well-loved flavors of fall and winter through the mix of pure pumpkin cake and gingerbread cake.
Kick your classic gingerbread cookie recipe up a notch by adding cream cheese frosting on top.
Keep it simple this season with this gingerbread recipe. Molasses, ginger, cinnamon and more blend together to create an elevated dessert.
Don’t look down on these crispy thin cookies. This recipe is packed with many of the bold flavors found in any other gingerbread cookie, making these thins the perfect addition to your holiday dessert tray.
These layers of goodness will really get you into the holiday spirit. Vanilla pudding is layered with sliced strawberries, pears and pieces of gingerbread. A toasted almond topping pulls this Instagram-worthy dessert together.
Treat your sweet tooth craving with these gingerbread bars. They’re perfect for a snack to enjoy after a simple weeknight dinner or to have with your morning coffee.
There are plenty of treats you can make during the holidays, from desserts made out of canned pumpkin to simple holiday pies. But nothing compares to gingerbread houses. However, if the normal process of building a house doesn’t fit your schedule, then this recipe for flat gingerbread houses is for you.
Gingersnaps are tasty no matter the time of year. Enjoy this ginger-packed cookie with a cup of coffee, tea or milk.
Sure, you can bake regular gingerbread cookies. Or you could go big with a gingerbread cake. Serve this warm spice cake with a scoop of ice cream or with homemade whipped cream on top.
There are plenty of apple recipes perfect for fall, and this is one of them. The cake highlights the sweetness of chopped apples, which is perfectly accented with warm spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. The crunchy streusel on top is just a bonus.
What’s the point of a gingerbread house if you don’t have gingerbread people living inside? A holiday classic, gingerbread people are as fun to decorate as they are to eat.
This recipe transforms typical gingerbread cookies into edible gingerbread cups brimming with caramel apple filling. While you’re in the kitchen whipping up gingerbread, consider more of these cookie recipes you need to bake this holiday season.
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