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Gingerbread Java

Photo: Thomas J. Story

Total time 10 mins

Serves 2 (serving size: 6 oz.)

Deborah Biggs of Omaha, Nebraska, loves gingerbread so much that she decided to put its flavors right into her coffee. The result? A not-too-sweet drink that warms you from head to toe. If your holiday party falls on a rainy, cold night, consider serving it instead of eggnog.


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon unsulfured molasses
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup fresh-brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon whiskey*
  • 2 tablespoons ginger liqueur*
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (each about 4-in. long)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 358
  • caloriesfromfat 70 %
  • protein 1.6 g
  • fat 28 g
  • satfat 17 g
  • carbohydrate 4.7 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • sodium 32 mg
  • cholesterol 103 mg

How to Make It

  1. With a mixer, whip 2 tbsp. cream until thick; set aside. Combine the remaining cream, the sugar if using, molasses, and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan. Whisk over medium-low heat until steaming and well blended, about 3 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, stir in hot coffee, whiskey, and liqueur. Pour into two mugs. Add a cinnamon stick and top with a dollop of whipped cream.

  3. *Find at well-stocked grocery or liquor stores.