All your favorite sweets and treats re-imagined with the most quintessential holiday flavor--what could be better? Savor the flavor of Christmas with these decadent and inventive gingerbread recipes.

By Emma Crist
November 29, 2016
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Gingerbread: Deep and toasty, mildly sweet, and a little-bit spicy. It's the iconic Christmas flavor profile, and although the Classic Gingerbread recipe is great, the potential for this iconic flavor combo reaches far beyond traditional gingerbread cake, men, and houses. Serve your people a special holiday treat this Christmas season by whipping up any of our top-rated recipes using the gingerbread flavor profile.


1. Gingerbread Latte Cake Filling

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Spread Gingerbread Latte Filling between layers of white cake for a showstopping layer cake that captures the coziness of favorite holiday feels.


2. Gingerbread Cocoa

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Because why drink plain 'ol hot cocoa when you can drink hot cocoa livened up with apple pie spice and ginger?


3. Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweetened with molasses and infused with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, this tender cake is topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting that oozes down the sides of the cake. It's irresistible.

Recipe: Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This spiced confection is topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. In place of a traditional lemon sauce, a dollop of lemon curd delivers the perfect finishing touch.


4. Gingerbread Pancakes

Charles E. Walton IV

I'm all about seasonal pancakes--banana, pumpkin, blueberry, and oatmeal are a few of my favorites, but once you try these Gingerbread Pancakes, you might start making them year-around. Really--they're that good.


5. Gingerbread Soufflés

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Serve these impressive, yet surprisingly easy, desserts all puffed up and pretty. They're rated 5 stars for good reason--one reviewer said, "This was my first ever attempt at making a souffle and it turned out great. I served it right from the oven with fresh homemade whipped cream and it was delicious."


6. Gingerbread Martini

Transform a favorite flavor of the holiday season into this tasty grown-up treat. To carry the flavor even further, dip martini glasses in ginger liqueur and rim with gingersnap crumbs.


7. Gingerbread Brownies

Ground ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, and molasses are added to a classic chocolate brownie batter for a swoon-worthy holiday dessert. Pro-tip:Cut out paper Christmas trees or stars, lay them in the center of each square, and then dust with powdered sugar. When you remove the paper, you're left with a festive design. 


8. Holiday Gingerbread Pudding

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell    

Dazzle any holiday guests with fragrant Holiday Gingerbread Pudding that's prepared entirely in your slow cooker. Yep, that was easy.


9. Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Streusel

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl    

These gingerbread muffins with a crunchy, spiced streusel and silky-sweet icing are basically like your own personal cake for breakfast... but hey, it's the holidays. Live a little.


10. Gingerbread Cake with Blueberry Sauce

Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

This ultra-moist gingerbread cake is made even better with a bright blueberry sauce. Though the blueberry sauce is a winner, feel free to experiment with some different twists for the topping.  A classic caramel sauce or sliced, sauteed pears would also make for delicious gnigerbread cake condiments.