There are certain flavors that brings us deep into childhood memories. Family gatherings, baking, decorating and binge eating (oh we’ve all been there with the cookie comas!). Gingerbread is by far one of the most well known and well celebrated flavors of winter, the holidays, and those tiny cookie houses we all once dreamed we could grow up in, decorated in gumdrops and peppermints, and icicles made of sugar, and of course eat whenever we wanted. Those were the days. Whether crunchy or soft cookies, man or house, or simply gingerbread spice infused everything – there’s many ways to indulge. If you’re into that ginger molasses goodness, then you have simply got.to.try. these traditional and not-so-traditional ways of the gingerbread. Break a leg (or snap a gingerbread man’s)!
Ok, keeping it real here, as a Mom? These appealed to me for their dark molasses color…because if they’re supposed to be dark, the kids can’t reject a semi-overcooked pancake claiming it’s not quite good enough. That’s right sweetie, it’s supposed to be dark 😉 Besides that little side bonus, your Christmas morning would be absolutely delighted to kick off with a sweet gingerbread spice start like this.
http://www.cookingclassy.com/gingerbread-pancakes/ Photo by: Cooking Classy
Are you freaking kidding me? Look at these cute little dudes! Almost too cute to even eat. I mean, they’re fudge so I will…just saying I’d pause and appreciate their cuteness before biting off their heads, is all.
http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2014/12/gingerbread-fudge.html Photo by: Cravings Of A Lunatic
Anytime you can implement cheesecake into the mix, YOU DO IT. This dip is not only gingerbread flavor infused, but also dip-able with actual gingerbread cookies.
http://dinnerthendessert.com/gingerbread-cheesecake-dip/ Photo by: Dinner Then Dessert
Whoopie pies are the answer to the cake and cookie lover. They are one in the same, with icing smooshed between them. Soft, delicious, and everything you’re looking for this holiday season.
http://www.savingdessert.com/gingerbread-whoopie-pies/ Photo by: Saving Dessert
Oh, slow cookers. While we are all pretty well versed in making chili’s, soups and deconstructed casseroles in a crock pot slow cooker, many of us overlook it’s pretty kick-butt role in desserts. This travesty needs to end. Starting with this gingerbread pudding cake. Dear goodness, we are all better for it.
http://www.thereciperebel.com/slow-cooker-gingerbread-pudding-cake/ Photo by: The Recipe Rebel
You know how I mentioned early on that there’s certain undeniable winter holiday flavors? Yeah, gingerbread is a shoe in. Who’s gingerbread’s best friend? EGGNOG. It’s a Christmas miracle. Or just a recipe, but I tend to exaggerate when I’m excited. Christmas. Miracle.
http://www.a-kitchen-addiction.com/gingerbread-bars-eggnog-cream-cheese-frosting/ Photo by: A Kitchen Addiction
Okay, so yes…we love slow cookers and all their slow cookery mastery. When it comes to serving hot drinks for a crowd, they are your saving grace. You’ve got no time to play barista, so go mingle with your guests, and let them get their own darn drinks.
http://www.thecookierookie.com/slow-cooker-gingerbread-latte/ Photo by: The Cookie Rookie
Looking for something to have on the side table for snacking? Maybe in a mason jar for gifting? In less than half an hour you can have a batch made, that will last through several servings and snackings.
http://www.ebay.com/gds/Gingerbread-Spiced-Roasted-Almonds-/10000000206287437/g.html?roken2=ti.pUmVnaW5hIEJyYXVu Photo by: Ebay
Homemade ice cream does not always require churning, and heavy machinery to do so. Using basic ingredients, and some surprise ingredients too, you can make this at home easily peasily.
http://www.thegunnysack.com/no-churn-gingerbread-ice-cream/ Photo by: The Gunny Sack
Look at them! Look! Tiny little roofs. Tiny little doors. Tiny little wreaths and sprinkles and dear goodness, it’s just too much. It’s. Too. Much.
http://honestlyyum.com/7527/mini-gingerbread-houses/ Photo by: Honestly Yum
I heard this nasty online rumor recently that the average person gains 15lbs between Thanksgiving & Christmas. Now, I’m not going to claim that as accurate, but lets be real here – it’s definitely a struggle. For those like me, battling the bulge on the daily, and trying to make healthy and wise choices even amidst a sea of indulgences it’s lovely to have a recipe come along every so often that feels like a cheat, but in fact is all good for you. This is one of those recipes. So if you’re reading this and thinking about all the things you can’t have, I got you.
http://thealmondeater.com/2015/11/healthy-gingerbread-mousse/ Photo by: The Almond Eater
Okay so we’ve already gone over the love affair with slow cookers, so lets just keep the train chugging along here with another gingerbread breakfast option for you and the mouths you feed!
http://www.theseasonedmom.com/slow-cooker-gingerbread-oatmeal/ Photo by: The Seasoned Mom
I’m a soft cookie kinda gal. I realize there’s fun in dipping a crunchy cookie into milk, but for me – the gooer the better. Probably stemming from my love for straight up raw cookie dough. The idea of caramel stuffed inside a soft gingerbread cookie is just hitting me right in the feels.
http://www.thebellevieblog.com/caramel-stuffed-soft-gingerbread-cookies/?utm_source=feedly Photo by: The Belle Vie Blog
Forget milkshakes and lattes, a gingerbread smoothie will actually be a great nutritional addition to your day. Blended up in under 5 minutes and completely dairy free, it comes in at only 117 calories for a cup and a half serving.
http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2013/12/16/gingerbread-smoothie/ Photo by: Peanut Butter & Peppers
Only 5 ingredients, and perfect for bite-sized desserts (gotta watch that waistline, yo…or if you want to casually eat 10 of them, whatevs). These cheesecake truffles are a simple yet impressive way to serve up some holiday sweetness.
http://afewshortcuts.com/2014/11/gingerbread-cheesecake-bites/#_a5y_p=2835118 Photo by: A Few Shortcuts
Cinnamon rolls are a go-to in my home. I love that they are part dessert, part breakfast and completely justifiable to be both. They’re simple enough that little hands can help, and almost always fail proof. The gingerbread version with that delicious molasses taste in a sticky center of the roll sounds like a good idea all around.
http://www.wellplated.com/gingerbread-cinnamon-rolls-cinnamon-cream-cheese-frosting/ Photo by: Well Plated
Scones taking the shape and style of gingerbread men, are all the cute and the sweet you need. Topped with a gingerbread glaze, of course!
http://www.createdby-diane.com/2012/12/gingerbread-scones.html Photo by: Created By Diane
I gotta be honest here, I’ve never had gingerbread loaf, so it being “old fashioned” is irrelevant. I do however, trust those old fashioned recipes that are typically handed down generation after generation. So maybe I didn’t grow up on this apparently old fashioned recipe, but one can certainly find a place to start.
http://carmelapop.com/gingerbread-loaf/ Photo by: Carmela Pop
There is simply nothing better than coming in from the cold after a day of tobogganing, snow fort building, or the less fun snow activity – shoveling the driveway, and being handed a warm cup of hot chocolate. This one comes served up lovingly with that extra bit of gingerbread spice.
http://eat-drink-love.com/2013/12/gingerbread-hot-chocolate/ Photo by: Eat. Drink. Love.
Yep, I’m one of those. The “fun” one at the party who has dietary restrictions and cannot indulge in things I once could. You kind of get over it, but then when something comes along that you can eat, and it’s freaking awesome too?! Little happy dances are done. Thankfully these aren’t just “good for someone with dietary restrictions”, but total crowd pleasers! I mean, who says no to safe-to-eat-raw cookie dough?
http://www.glutenfreepalate.com/gluten-free-gingerbread-cookie-dough-bites/ Photo by: Gluten Free Palate
Yep, I’m one of those. The “fun” one at the party who has dietary restrictions and cannot indulge in things I once could. You kind of get over it, but then when something comes along you CAN eat, and it’s freaking awesome too?! Thankfully these aren’t just “good for someone with dietary restrictions”, but total crowd pleasers!