Gingerbread Recipes for Houses, Cookies, Martinis and More
E. Jason WambsgansChicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsellafood styling

Gingerbread Recipes for Houses, Cookies, Martinis and More

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Don’t just bake boring gingerbread houses
Gingerbread Recipes for Houses, Cookies, Martinis and More
E. Jason WambsgansChicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsellafood styling

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.

Apple Gingerbread Crumble

Apple Gingerbread Crumble
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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.

For the Apple Gingerbread Crumble recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Pecan Pear Cake with Maple Pecan Caramel

Gingerbread Pecan Pear Cake with Maple Pecan Caramel
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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.

For the Gingerbread Pecan Pear Cake with Maple Pecan Caramel recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Latte

Gingerbread Latte
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Change up your normal coffee routine for the holidays by garnishing your cup with a gingerbread man. Beyond an adorable presentation, this latte recipe is a smooth and creamy blend of gingerbread spice, brown sugar and molasses.

For the Gingerbread Latte recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Cookie Gift Tags

Gingerbread Cookie Gift Tags
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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.

For the Gingerbread Cookie Gift Tags recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal
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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.

For the Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Cake Houses

Gingerbread Cake Houses
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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.

For the Gingerbread Cake Houses recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Pecans

Gingerbread Pecans
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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.

For the Gingerbread Pecans recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies
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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.

For the Gingerbread Men Cookies recipe, click here.

Ginger Creme Custard

Ginger Creme Custard
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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.

For the Ginger Creme Custard recipe, click here.

Triple Chocolate Gingerbread

Triple Chocolate Gingerbread
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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.

For the Triple Chocolate Gingerbread recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Martini

Gingerbread Martini
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If you’re searching for the best cocktails for the holiday season, look no further. This spirited gingerbread spiced cocktail is excellent to drink during your holiday party.

For the Gingerbread Martini recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cupcakes

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cupcakes
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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.

For the Pumpkin Gingerbread Cupcakes recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting
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Kick your classic gingerbread cookie recipe up a notch by adding cream cheese frosting on top.

For the Gingerbread Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting recipe, click here.

Brown-Butter Gingerbread

Brown-Butter Gingerbread
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Keep it simple this season with this gingerbread recipe. Molasses, ginger, cinnamon and more blend together to create an elevated dessert.

For the Brown-Butter Gingerbread recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Thins

Gingerbread Thins
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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.

For the Gingerbread Thins recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Trifle

Gingerbread Trifle
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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.

For the Gingerbread Trifle recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Biscotti

Gingerbread Biscotti
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Pair these dunkers with your favorite holiday hot chocolate recipe. These cookies are the perfect snacks to enjoy while opening presents on Christmas morning.

For the Gingerbread Biscotti recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing

Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing
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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.

For the Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Icing recipe, click here.

Pfeffernusse Cookies

Pfeffernusse Cookies
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If you’re looking for the best Christmas cookie recipes to try, consider pfeffernusse. This traditional German cookie tastes similar to the American classic gingerbread but with a little kick from black pepper.

For the Pfeffernusse Cookies recipe, click here.

Flat Gingerbread House

Flat Gingerbread House
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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.

For the Flat Gingerbread House recipe, click here.

Gin Gin Mule

Gin Gin Mule
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This is a new take on a classic cocktail favorite, the Moscow mule. This cocktail contains almost everything found in a mule, except the vodka, which is subbed out for gin.

For the Gin Gin Mule recipe, click here.

Easy Gingersnaps

Easy Gingersnaps
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Gingersnaps are tasty no matter the time of year. Enjoy this ginger-packed cookie with a cup of coffee, tea or milk.

For the Easy Gingersnaps recipe, click here.

Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake
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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.

For the Gingerbread Cake recipe, click here.

Ginger Apple Streusel Cake

Ginger Apple Streusel Cake
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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.

For the Ginger Apple Streusel Cake recipe, click here.

Gingerbread People

Gingerbread People
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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.

For the Gingerbread People recipe, click here.

Ginger Ice Cream

Ginger Ice Cream
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Though ginger may not be a popular ice cream flavor, this ice cream recipe has an impressive flavor profile. The icy ginger root flavor is soothing on the tongue.

For the Ginger Ice Cream recipe, click here.

Caramel Apple Gingerbread Cookie Cups

Caramel Apple Gingerbread Cookie Cups
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