Recipe 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.
7 of 37Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Susan Vajaranant
Recipe 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.
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Gingerbread People Recipe 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.
Recipe 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.
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Quick Gingerbread Recipe Make a quick gingerbread snack cake by adding ginger, sugar, and molasses to biscuit mix and baking for about 25 minutes.
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Gingerbread Cookies Recipe 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.
14 of 37Annabelle Breakey, Karen Shinto
Gingerbread Pear Trifle
Gingerbread Pear Trifle Recipe 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.
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Gingerbread People Recipe 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.
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Gingerbread Pinwheels Recipe Update the classic chocolate-and-vanilla pinwheel cookie with the sure-to-please combination of gingerbread and vanilla dough.
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Gingerbread Gift Boxes
Gingerbread Gift Boxes
Recipe Delight neighbors and coworkers with edible gingerbread boxes this year. Fill boxes with candy (gumdrops, miniature candy canes and hard candies work well) and place lids on top. Wrap in cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
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Gingerbread Loaf Recipe 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.
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Gingerbread People Parade
Gingerbread People Parade Start up the band! It's time for the most delicious parade of people, houses, and cakes you've ever seen.
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Apple-Gingerbread Cobbler Recipe 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.
21 of 37William Dickey
Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream
Gingerbread Cake With Stout Buttercream Recipe 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.
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Recipe 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!
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Gingerbread Men Cookies
Gingerbread Men Cookies Learn how easy it is to make fun and festive gingerbread men from Southern Living for the holidays.
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Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes
Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes Recipe "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.
Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies Recipe 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.
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Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe These cookies are the ideal holiday gift. If giving to a family, throw in some gingerbread people for the kids.
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Sparkling Ginger Stars
Sparkling Ginger Stars Recipe 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.
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Gingerbread Babies Recipe Everyone wants to go younger these days, so instead of gingerbread men, make a batch of these miniature gingerbread babies this holiday season.
37 of 37Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Gingerbread Muffins with Spiced Streusel and Spiced Hard Sauce