Gingerbread is perhaps the coziest of the holiday treats — brown sugar, molasses, and warm notes of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves all come together to produce a deliciously unstoppable taste of merriment. While eggnog is off polarizing holiday eaters, gingerbread tends to be a more consistent crowd pleaser. While I can’t say I necessarily prefer one flavor to the other, I do think that dunking gingerbread men into eggnog sounds like a pretty good time. What else can we dunk? Sugared gingerbread cake donuts and the most adorable of mini gingerbread whoopie pies. Still hungry? Snack away on gingerbread granola or gingerbread ice cream. Keep reading for 9 gingerbread recipes to fuel your holiday hunger.
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New England Gingerbread Cookies
Let’s start with something classic — this New England gingerbread cookie recipe from Bon Appetit. These little ladies and gentlemen are all spiced up and mixed with molasses, lemon peel, and buttermilk. Top them in classic white icing and sugared gumdrops for the full effect.
Mini Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
I wholeheartedly recommend these mini gingerbread whoopie pies from Table For Two. Who doesn’t like the idea of two mini cakes sandwiching a buttery cream cheese icing? That’s right — nobody.
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Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Chocolate Chip Bars
Give your chocolate some serious zip with these gingerbread molasses chocolate chip bars from Averie Cooks. They are a gingerbread and cookie bar hybrid, and are sure to please all the dessert lovers in your life.
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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting and Pomegranate Caramel
These cupcakes from Blogging Over Thyme start strong with a classic gingerbread cake base — but the real magic is in the toppings. These little guys are crowned with a fluffy mountain of marshmallow frosting and then trimmed with pretty drizzles of homemade pomegranate caramel. So fancy.
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Gingerbread Ice Cream
Sometimes nothing will do but ice cream. Keep things holiday-relevant with this gingerbread ice cream recipe from Short and Sweet. Add little hunks of gingerbread cookie dough to make this ice cream super special.
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Gingerbread Layer Cake
If you want to really impress somebody, make them this gorgeous gingerbread layer cake from The Little Epicurean. Thin slices of moist, spicy gingerbread are sandwiched in between heavy-handed layers of fluffy maple whipped cream. The cinnamon-sugar almonds on the very top bring it all home. Wow.
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Gingerbread for breakfast! Try this gingerbread granola recipe from Ari’s Menu and maximize your daily intake of holiday cheer.
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Sugared Gingerbread Cake Donuts
Donuts are so important, and these sugared gingerbread cake donuts from Urban Poser are no exception. Oh, what fun!
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Gluten-Free, Chocolate-Topped Gingerbread Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Filling
One can never have too many good cupcake options, and this recipe for gluten-free, chocolate-topped gingerbread cupcakes is a great one to add to your arsenal. The sweet and gooey marshmallow cream filling completely puts to shame the beloved Hostess Cupcake of childhood lunchbox. (via Gluten-Free On A Shoestring)
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