If Norman Rockwell paintings were scratch-and-sniff, they would no doubt smell like gingerbread. And with these warmly-spiced gingerbread recipes, you can enjoy that homey holiday flavor in everything from cookies to cakes to milk steamers.
To save a little money on spices for these recipes, consider buying pumpkin pie spice instead of buying cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Those are the spices that make up pumpkin pie spice, and even if a recipe here doesn't specify all of those spices, pumpkin pie spice is a good substitute for any combination of spices in any of the gingerbread recipes here.
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Making these cookies is one of my kids' favorite holiday activities. Decorate with gel icing, royal icing
, colored sugars and candy.
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This cake makes a perfect finish for any kind of Christmas party or holiday dinner. To make it really special, top it with lemon icing.
Chocolate is a wonderful partner for gingerbread, and these brownies prove it. They are topped with not one, but two kinds of chocolate chips (white and semisweet), plus crystallized ginger for an over-the-top brownie that will be the highlight of your holiday celebrations.
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Forget the hot chocolate. Serve the kids these gingerbread steamers on Christmas Eve, and they will go to bed with smiles on their faces. Warm and soothing, these gingerbread steamers are a hit with adults, too!
Chocolate chips add another layer of chocolate flavor to these spiced ginger cookies. I like to roll these cookies in demerara or turbinado sugar, both of which have large crystals for a punch of sweetness. But feel free to use regular granulated sugar if that's what you have on hand. They will still taste amazing.
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This unique gingerbread cake is made entirely in the slow cooker, making it perfect for occasions when you want to serve a hot dessert right out of the oven. For variety, try this cake with apples instead of peaches.
These cake-like drop gingerbread cookies have a sweet orange icing that really highlights the spices in these cookies. These cookies are great to make with the kids, because you don't have to roll them.
These cookies taste like homemade gingersnaps, but they are so much softer and tastier than store-bought cookies. To store these cookies, place them in an airtight container with a piece of white bread. That will keep them nice and tender.