Bake a Batch of Gingerbread Cookies

This sweet treat was born in the middle ages as a gift from fair ladies to shining knights. Now, gingerbread is an iconic holiday flavor from cookies to crisps.

  • Gingerbread Men Cookies
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Gingerbread Men Cookies

    Christmas just isn't Christmas without spending time with the kids while you decorate these cute little guys.
  • Gingerbread Biscotti
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    Gingerbread Biscotti

    Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg are the essential spices in these white-chocolate-dipped holiday cookies.
  • Gingerbread Cookies
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    Gingerbread Cookies

    At only 91 calories and 3.7 grams of fat per cookie, these gingerbread cookies are a healthy holiday choice.
  • Gingerbread Sailors and Mermaids
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    Gingerbread Sailors and Mermaids

    Make a sweet and spicy coastal treat for the holidays by dressing your gingerbread cookies as sailors and mermaids.
  • Gingerbread Lighthouse
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    Gingerbread Lighthouse

    If you spend your holiday at the coast, or at least wish you did, this extravagant gingerbread lighthouse is for you. You can find all the assembly instructions on the Coastal Living website.
  • Gingerbread Cookies
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    Gingerbread Cookies

    Get a headstart on your gingerbread cookies by making the dough ahead and storing it, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator overnight. The chilled dough will be easier to cut into shapes.
  • Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men
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    Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Men

    Gather the kids in the kitchen for a fun day of baking and decorating gingerbread men.
  • Gingerbread People
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    Gingerbread People

    If you want to dress up the cookies, use red hot candies for buttons and currants for eyes; press those into the dough cut-outs before they're baked.
  • Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies
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    Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies

    The flavor is that of a traditional gingerbread man, but the shape is a festive snowflake, outlined in royal icing.
  • Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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    Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    This spicy confection is topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. In place of a traditional lemon sauce, a dollop of Lemon Curd adds the finishing touch.
  • Gingerbread People
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Gingerbread People

    We know that sometimes you crave a really good gingerbread man, one decorated with icing, sprinkles, bowties, hairdos, jewelry, and maybe even a red-hot candied nose. Use this classic recipe for the cookie and decorate as whimsical as you wish.
  • Quick Gingerbread

    Quick Gingerbread

    Make a quick gingerbread snack cake by adding ginger, sugar, and molasses to biscuit mix and baking for about 25 minutes.
  • Gingerbread Cookies
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    Gingerbread Cookies

    Don't limit your holiday baking to gingerbread people alone. Use a variety of cookie cutters to make pigs, cats, dogs, and bears. Making cut-out cookies is a great way to entertain the kids over the holidays as well as teach them a little about baking.
  • Gingerbread Pear Trifle
    Annabelle Breakey, Karen Shinto

    Gingerbread Pear Trifle

    Layer homemade gingerbread, pears, vanilla custard, and whipped cream for an elegant dessert that's just as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. The gingerbread, pears, and custard are best prepared two days ahead and assembled before serving.
  • Gingerbread People
    James Carrier

    Gingerbread People

    Adding a bit of instant espresso powder to the dough gives these gingerbread cookies an extra level of rich flavor that's really nice with the ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Gingerbread Pinwheels
    James Carrier

    Gingerbread Pinwheels

    Update the classic chocolate-and-vanilla pinwheel cookie with the sure-to-please combination of gingerbread and vanilla dough.
  • Gingerbread Loaf
    Photo: Jan Smith

    Gingerbread Loaf

    Fill your kitchen with the warm aromas of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg as you bake this spice-filled gingerbread loaf. Make several loaves for a holiday bake sale or to share as gifts.
  • Gingerbread People
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Gingerbread People Parade

    Start up the band! It's time for the most delicious parade of people, houses, and cakes you've ever seen.
  • Apple-Gingerbread Cobbler

    Apple-Gingerbread Cobbler

    Whip up this top-rated dessert in a flash. The cobbler starts with gingerbread mix and apple pie filling, then calls for a few standard kitchen staples. The ingredients keep for awhile, so stock up for a batch to make when guests arrive unexpectedly.
  • Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream
    William Dickey

    Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream

    Spice up this Irish-inspired dessert with the strong, yet subtle, flavor of stout beer, a tasty complement to the gingerbread mix. The recipe calls for about two bottles of beer, with most of it going into the cake and the rest reserved for the icing.
  • Reindeer Gingersnaps

    Reindeer Gingersnaps

    These colorful crisps are a sweet twist on the classic gingerbread man. Kids who are out of school for Christmas break will love to help decorate!
  • Gingerbread Cakes With Citrus Glaze

    Gingerbread Cakes With Citrus Glaze

    Orange gives this warm citrus glaze a twist from traditional lemon.
  • Gingerbread Men Cookies
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Gingerbread Men Cookies
  • Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes
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    Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes

    "Some gingerbread cookie recipes have chocolate in the dough, but using chocolate glaze offers an opportunity to decorate," says Rasmussen--which, although a bit painstaking, produces cookies so lovely it's worth the effort.
  • Cholly's World-Famous Gingerbread Cake
    James Carrier

    Cholly's World-Famous Gingerbread Cake

    This dark, moist gingerbread cake is a favorite of guests at the Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where it's cut into rounds and set on a pool of custard sauce.
  • Gingerbread Scones With Lemon Glaze
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    Gingerbread Scones with Lemon Glaze

    Save the gingerbread people for the kids. Make these scones for your next holiday brunch.
  • Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies
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    Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies

    Two of holiday's finest flavors—gingerbread and cranberry—meet in these easy-to make cookies that start with a box of gingerbread cake mix. This is a great recipe to turn to when you just don't have the time to cut out and decorate gingerbread people.
  • Fig Gingerbread Cakes
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    Fig Gingerbread Cakes

    Don't bring us a figgy pudding. We want fig gingerbread cakes.
  • Apple-Gingerbread Squares

    Apple-Gingerbread Squares

    Serve a dense, homemade slice of gingerbread topped with rich ginger-molasses whipped cream. The crystallized ginger keeps the cake extra moist.
  • Gingerbread Men
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    Gingerbread Men

    Let your imagination run wild as you come up with toppings to decorate the gingerbread men. Raisins, chocolate chips, sprinkles, and cinnamon candies are just the start.
  • Gingerbread Squares with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting
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    Gingerbread Squares with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting

    Lemon-cream cheese frosting dresses up these gingerbread squares. Cut into triangles and serve at a holiday tea.
  • Gingerbread Biscotti
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    Gingerbread Biscotti

    These cookies are the ideal holiday gift. If giving to a family, throw in some gingerbread people for the kids.
  • Sparkling Ginger Stars
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    Sparkling Ginger Stars

    A heavy sugar crust and the peppery bite of fresh ginger make these gingerbread cookies scrumptious. Be sure your spices are fresh; it will make a big taste difference here.
  • Gingerbread Babies
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    Gingerbread Babies

    Everyone wants to go younger these days, so instead of gingerbread men, make a batch of these miniature gingerbread babies this holiday season.
  • Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Streusel and Spiced Hard Sauce
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl  

    Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Streusel and Spiced Hard Sauce

    We know, serving streusel-topped muffins with hard sauce is gilding the lily, but hey, it's Christmas morning after all.
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