Christmas Gingerbread Recipes

Tender gingerbread cakes, plus gingerbread cookies that are perfect for decorating as gingerbread people, gingerbread houses, or just making the Christmas season more spicy.

Staff Picks

Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

Rating: 4.35 stars
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Delicious, yet easy to make. The perfect dessert for a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.

Banana Gingerbread with Vanilla Glaze

Rating: 4.45 stars
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Banana bread and gingerbread come together in this delicious recipe. It's a great way to use up those extra bananas during the holidays or wintertime. A thick vanilla glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

Rating: 4.08 stars
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These cookies are not a pie, and these pies aren't even cookies! They're really little cakes. Despite their confusing name, they are delicious and fun to make.

German Christmas Gingerbread

Rating: 4.51 stars
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This is a good recipe for Christmas and very different to our North American one.

Gingerbread Boys

Rating: 4.48 stars
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These are the best gingerbread men I've ever eaten. They have a nice light flavor with a hint of orange.

Gingerbread I

Rating: 4.53 stars
85
Gingerbread is an old-fashioned, warm, and spicy treat you can make easily at home with this recipe.

Moist, Tender Spice Cake: Gingerbread Variation

Rating: 4.05 stars
41
This is a substantial yet tender spice cake that's flavorful enough to serve unadorned. For my gingerbread variation, consider bringing along a jar of lemon curd.

Gingerbread Pizzelle

Rating: 2 stars
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Spicy gingerbread-flavored pizzelle taste like the winter holidays, but can be served any time of year! Ice them if you wish. Store in a tightly-sealed container.

Ye Ole Gingerbread

Rating: 4.43 stars
47
A deliciously moist never-fail loaf. I bake this loaf before bed and leave it in the cooling oven overnight. NO hard crusts!

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Rating: 4.33 stars
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These fast and easy cupcakes are great with ginger frosting or a can of buttercream, and are very easy to decorate. If you're an entertainer, these cupcakes are great for special occasions, and can be adorned with candy and other treats to match a holiday. I used these cupcakes for Christmas and they were delicious!!! Try them with a warm cup of milk or some coffee. Anything you can make with gingerbread is better with gingerbread cupcakes.

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 3.68 stars
246
These cookies are warm and delicious on a cold winter's day. Cut them into any shape to fit your holiday celebrations.

Chewy White Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

Rating: 4.49 stars
91
These cookies will rock your world and leave your friends begging for more. I must've made them 100 times before finally perfecting them. Great for the holidays!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze
Rating: Unrated
100
"This is a wonderful, moist, easy cake with perfect texture. A festive winter dessert...the glaze over the warm cake is the perfect touch." – Kristin
Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread
Rating: Unrated
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The classic: spicy, moist, and sweet. Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream.

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Rating: 4.81 stars
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Wonderfully flavorful and fragrant bread for the holidays.