Decorating gingerbread cookies and constructing gingerbread houses are the childhood Christmas memories of many. But sometimes growing up means embracing new traditions and tastes — even if that means leaving behind some of the old. However, even if you're looking for a more refined dessert, you don't have to give up that comforting gingerbread taste. Whether you prefer cookies or cake, biscotti or scones, these 11 desserts will completely change the way you see this holiday classic.
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Gingerbread Surprise Beignets
For a super gourmet touch, Half-Baked Harvest’s gingerbread beignets never fail to impress.
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If you’re feeling fancy, A Beautiful Mess makes gingerbread granola that can be molded into these classic shapes.
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Add a spicy touch to your cocoa with Joy the Baker’s gingerbread marshmallows.
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Perfect for some seasonal coffee-dunking, A Cozy Kitchen’s gingerbread biscotti always hits the spot.
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Gingerbread and Cranberry Scones
Make your high tea a little more festive with these scrumptious gingerbread scones by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles.
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Gingerbread Quick Bread with Lemon Glaze
For a heartier dessert, Willow Bird Baking’s gingerbread quick bread pairs perfectly with a nice big cup of eggnog.
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Chewy Gingerbread Bars with Candied Ginger
No one can resist a gooey dessert bar — especially if it’s one of Crepes of Wrath’s chewy gingerbread confections.
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Gingerbread Pudding Cookies
Take those Christmas cookies to the next level with Inside BruCrew Life’s gingerbread pudding twist.
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Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
Damn Delicious’ gingerbread whoopie pies may just be the sweetest sandwiches ever.
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