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These gingerbread recipes are delicious, sweetly spiced and aromatic, and perfect for a setting a cozy Christmas mood! From gingerbread cakes, cookies, candy, drinks, and more, these recipes are lovely holiday treats, and they make beautiful homemade gifts as well.

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The molasses-heavy, spice-rich aromatic treat that’s known as gingerbread is symbolic of Christmas. It’s a traditional favorite with so many variations that there’s something for everyone!

We’ve all seen beautifully decorated gingerbread houses. And of course gingerbread man cookies. I love traditional gingerbread recipes, but the fun doesn’t stop there!

Gingerbread cakes, gingerbread candy, and gingerbread drinks are also festive favorites. Gingerbread can take any number of forms, each as festive as the last.

Here are a few different types of gingerbread recipes to suit your preference and satisfy whatever your craving is. They’re all festive, full of holiday flavor, and perfect for Christmas.

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Gingerbread Breakfast Recipes

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There’s nothing more festive than a home filled with gingerbread aroma! The holidays are all about making beautiful memories. Wake up early on a holiday or a wintry weekend and make one of these special treats for your family.

Gingerbread Waffles Recipe with Cranberry Syrup
Warm spices, brown sugar, and molasses make this gingerbread waffles recipe festive and perfect for Christmas brunch or breakfasts all holiday season long.
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Gingerbread Scones Recipe
Gingerbread Scones are soft and fluffy inside and crisp and flaky outside with the perfect amount of warm spices and brown sugar sweetness.
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Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal
Tis’ the season for all things gingerbread! This Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal is lightly sweetened, easy to make, and full of holiday flavor that only takes a few minutes to throw together!
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gingerbread baked oatmeal
Gingerbread Muffins Recipe
Subtly sweet, generously spiced and aromatic, this Gingerbread Muffins Recipe is an easy way to get in a festive mood!
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Gingerbread Donuts
Surprise your family with these Gingerbread Donuts! Super easy to make and so delicious!
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gingerbread donuts
Gingerbread Pancakes
These soft and fluffy gingerbread pancakes are perfect for the holiday season. Use cookie cutters to add festive fruit inserts that kids will love.
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Gingerbread Pancakes
Gingerbread Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with gingerbread flavors and an eggnog float is perfect choice for wintery mornings. Creamy, with a chewy bite, brimming with holiday flavors.
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Gingerbread Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
Fluffy and soft vegan Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls or scrolls are perfect for Christmas! They’re easy to make and more fun than classic cinnamon rolls.
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gingerbread cinnamon rolls
Gingerbread Granola
This Gingerbread Granola is a festive take on a classic recipe, flavoured with molasses and gingerbread spices.
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gingerbread granola

Gingerbread Cake Recipes

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With everything from cake rolls, to cheesecakes, to pudding cakes, there is something for everyone in this list of gingerbread cake recipes! Whichever one you decide to start with, your family and friends are sure to love it.

Gingerbread Cake Roll Recipe
Soft cake that’s aromatic with warm spices and brown sugar is swirled with a rich, creamy maple cinnamon frosting to make this Gingerbread Cake Roll recipe something truly festive and special.
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Gingerbread Snack Cake with Earl Grey Glaze
Soft, moist, and richly spiced Gingerbread Snack Cake with Earl Grey Glaze is full of festive Christmas flavor, and is the perfect thing to accompany a steaming cup of holiday tea.
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Gingerbread Winter Wonderland Cheesecake
This Gingerbread Winter Wonderland Cheesecake is inspired by a Winter Wonderland theme. Made with delicious gingersnaps crust, creamy, decadent filling with amazing gingerbread flavors, and adorned with a mini gingerbread house and cute little holiday candies. It’s fun, festive dessert recipe perfect for the holidays!
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Chocolate Gingerbread Cake
This Chocolate Gingerbread Cake is a delicious twist on a holiday classic. A rich chocolate spice cake paired with a silky dark chocolate ganache.
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chocolate gingerbread cake
Instant Pot Gingerbread Pudding Cake
A self-saucing dessert, the intense aroma of gingerbread and gooey pudding-like texture makes this perfect with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. A wonderful treat for the holidays!
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instant pot gingerbread pudding cake
Apple Gingerbread Cake
Apple Gingerbread Cake is easy to make and perfect for all your holiday gatherings. You can make it any time of year and oh my goodness your taste buds will thank you if you do.
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gingerbread apple cake
Gingerbread Bundt Cake
This Gingerbread Cake is incredibly rich and flavorful, and packed with the flavors of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and molasses. The tart lemon glaze and sugared cranberries are the perfect compliment to the richness of the cake.
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Gingerbread Cookie Recipes

Gingerbread men and gingerbread houses are classics, but there are so many different forms of gingerbread cookies. Things like soft and chewy gingerbread cookies, gingerbread bar cookies, and even gingerbread edible cookie dough!

Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies with Gingerbread Spices
These soft and chewy Molasses Cookies are full of warm gingerbread spices and rich buttery brown sugar flavor, and they take less than an hour to whip up!
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Gingerbread Biscotti
Traditional Italian cookies spiced with all the flavors of the holiday season; these Gingerbread Biscotti are ready for a dunk in some eggnog!
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Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
These cookies are perfect for icing with Christmas frosting and decorating. This homemade recipe is chewy, crisp, spiced, and mellow. With hints of cocoa, cinnamon, clove, and molasses all the flavors of the holidays are so tasty.
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chocolate gingerbread cookies
Gingerbread Spritz Cookies
Molasses and cozy spices really jazz up these Gingerbread Spritz Cookies! Made with a cookie press, this recipe is a great way to produce shaped holiday cookies quickly.
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gingerbread spritz cookies
Gingerbread Magic Cookies
Gingerbread Magic Cookies are complete with a gingerbread crust, cinnamon chips, and white chocolate. A fun and delicious take on gingerbread!
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Gingerbread Squares with Plum Jam and Chocolate (Lebkuchen Cookies)
These gingerbread squares are small pieces of gingerbread cake that are layered with plum jam and coated with chocolate glaze. This delicious treat is very popular in Austria and Germany.
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Vegan Chai Espresso Gingerbread Cookies
Not your ordinary gingerbread cookies! These are no-chill and no-spread, but also have warming chai spice and a kick of espresso!
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Chai Espresso Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread Edible Cookie Dough
Skip the traditional Christmas cookies and try this Gingerbread Edible Cookie Dough in cute-as-can be mini mason jars.
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Gingerbread Candy Recipes

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Gingerbread even comes in the form of caramel, fudge, and marshmallows! Any of these treats would make a perfect homemade edible Christmas gift.

Gingerbread Caramels (Homemade Chewy Caramel Without Corn Syrup)
Gingerbread caramels are a fun and festive twist on classic soft and chewy caramel candy. If you’re looking for a homemade chewy caramel recipe with no corn syrup, this is the recipe for you and it's easier to make than you might think!
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Gingerbread Fudge
Soft gingerbread cookies are a classic Christmas treat, almost as popular as chewy fudge is during the holidays. We’ve combined the two vintage desserts into one epic seasonal treat: Gingerbread Cookie Dough Fudge.
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Gingerbread Marshmallows
Gingerbread Homemade Marshmallows have that quintessential Christmas flavor of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course ginger. A perfect Christmas treat!
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Gingerbread Holiday Fudge
This delicious Gingerbread Holiday Fudge is perfect for Christmas parties and to give as DIY gifts. Serve it in a present shape or decorate with sprinkles.
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Gingerbread Caramels
Looking for a fun twist on the traditional salted caramel recipe? These Gingerbread Caramels are a delicious and a great Christmas candy to add to your holiday goodie making list. Caramel pairs awesomely with hints of molasses and ginger.
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Gingerbread Fudge
Gingerbread Fudge – Deliciously creamy gingerbread fudge that is made in the microwave, loaded with flavour, and finished off with a white chocolate topping!
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gingerbread fudge

Gingerbread Drinks

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There’s nothing quite as cozy as curling up on the couch with a soft blanket and steaming gingerbread latte! Of course if you’re in a warm climate, a gingerbread smoothie is perfectly festive too. And it doesn’t stop there; gingerbread eggnog, anyone?

Gingerbread Cocktail Recipe
In this pretty Gingerbread Cocktail, the cozy, festive flavors of gingerbread and eggnog blend with vanilla ice cream and spiced rum for a holiday treat that’s equally decadent and delicious. And it’s easy to make it into a nonalcoholic gingerbread milkshake for the kids!
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Gingerbread Syrup
Sweetly spiced homemade Gingerbread Syrup is perfect for making into a gingerbread latte!
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Gingerbread Martini
This Gingerbread Martini recipe is a delicious Christmas drink with Baileys! It’s the absolute best Christmas cocktail to enjoy with friends and family or at your next holiday party.
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gingerbread martini
Barleycup Gingerbread Latte
This homemade Barleycup Gingerbread Latte is an easy, decadent, delicious hot drink. The quick gingerbread syrup adds ‘wow’ flavour to the classic latte. A great hot drink for winter that’s easily vegan.
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Barleycup Gingerbread Latte
Cinnamon Gingerbread Eggnog
Enjoy the delicious flavors of gingerbread and cinnamon in a delightful cup of eggnog! Cinnamon Gingerbread Eggnog is a delicious drink to enjoy all winter long.
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Cinnamon Gingerbread Eggnog
Gingerbread Latte
Cozy, sweet and spicy Gingerbread Latte, made at home! All the flavors of Christmas in one sip.
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Healthy Chia Gingerbread Smoothie
This energizing, protein-rich Healthy Chia Gingerbread Smoothie has all your favourite gingerbread flavours. This holiday gingerbread smoothie recipe is naturally sweetened with banana, dates, and a hint of molasses.
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More Gingerbread Desserts

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If you’re feeling festive and want something a little bit different, try gingerbread popcorn, ice cream, dip, candied nuts, or anything else here! All of these recipes are full of holiday flavor. Additionally, they’re great to whip up for a holiday movie night!

Gingerbread Christmas Brownies with Eggnog Buttercream Recipe
Festive Christmas brownies strike the perfect balance between fudgy and chewy with a crackled top, rich chocolate flavor, and warm gingerbread spices. And for the icing on the cake, they’re decorated with an easy 5-minute eggnog buttercream and holiday sprinkles!
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Gingerbread Popcorn
In this Gingerbread Popcorn recipe, sweet crunchy homemade caramel popcorn gets a festive twist with gingerbread spices and brown sugar!
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Gingerbread Pie Recipe
This festive gingerbread pie has a warmly spiced no bake cheesecake filling, and an easy cookie crumb crust. We use Biscoff cookie butter in the filling and Biscoff cookies in the crust, but gingersnaps or gingerbread men also work well!
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Gingerbread Ice Cream
With warm spices and rich molasses, Gingerbread Ice Cream is a flavorful and simple no churn ice cream recipe that is perfect for the holiday season!
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Gingerbread Ice Cream
Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats
No-bake Gingerbread Rice Krispie treats are filled with delicious spices and taste like traditional gingerbread cookies.
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Gingerbread Cream Cheese Dip
Gingerbread Cream Cheese Dip is a super easy dessert dip that’s perfect for cookies!
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gingerbread cream cheese dip
Gingerbread Holiday Pecans
This holiday season, nosh on a handful of these spiced Gingerbread Holiday Pecans for a sweet and savory snack.
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gingerbread holiday pecans
Gingerbread Brownies
Gingerbread Brownies are simple to make and have a wonderful festive taste. The fudgy chocolate brownies are full of gingerbread spices and topped with gingerbread cookies.
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Healthy Gingerbread Treats

Did you know you can get your gingerbread fix in a healthy way? With everything from energy balls to healthy lattes and nutritious cookies!

Keto Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies
This Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies recipe is warmly spiced with rich notes of caramel, and has just 3g net carbs per cookie!
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Gingerbread Energy Balls
With the flavor of freshly baked gingerbread and lots of energy-boosting ingredients, these Gingerbread Energy Balls are going to power you through all your holiday to-dos!
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gingerbread energy balls
Healthy Gingerbread Latte
This Gingerbread Latte is so easy to make. Simply delicious + a much healthier version of Starbucks’ holiday drink!
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Raw Gingerbread Cookie Bites
No bake Gingerbread Cookie Bites make a fun and tasty holiday treat that kids love to make and eat!
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Gingerbread Energy Balls
These no-bake Gingerbread Energy Balls are the perfect healthy way to get that spicy, warming flavor of gingerbread during the holidays! They’re flavored with lots of warming spices and sweetened naturally with raisins and dates, with just a hint of molasses. And the pecans add a perfect crunch.
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Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies
These Healthy Gingerbread Breakfast Cookies are the perfect nutritious, on-the-go breakfast! Gluten free, dairy free, low in sugar and so yummy!
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What gingerbread treats do you make for the holidays? Share in the comments below!

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This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on December 22, 2021. I updated it with more information on December 20, 2023.

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