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

Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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A wonderful change of pace for the holiday season. Moist and spicy cake balanced by creamy, soft frosting.
Upside-Down Cake

Upside Down Pear Gingerbread Cake

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Delicious, yet easy to make. The perfect dessert for a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.
Spice Cake

Gingerbread III

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This recipe yields a light and spicy gingerbread cake making it a terrific Christmas-time recipe.
Whoopie Pies

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

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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.
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German Recipes

German Christmas Gingerbread

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This is a good recipe for Christmas and very different to our North American one.
Spice Cake

Gingerbread I

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Gingerbread is an old-fashioned, warm, and spicy treat you can make easily at home with this recipe.
Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Gingerbread

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Wonderfully flavorful and fragrant bread for the holidays.
Spice Cookies

Triple the Ginger Cookies

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These are a real pain in the butt to make, but they are worth it. The best ginger cookies I have ever eaten.
Spice Cake

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

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This is everyone's holiday favorite, even the busy cook's, because it is so easy to make.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

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These Gingerbread Men Cookies are as cute as can be. If desired, decorate with raisins, currants or cinnamon red hot candies for eyes and buttons. Or, pipe untinted or colored icing onto cookies.
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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies II

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This is the BEST recipe for gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted. It looks complicated, but isn't. I have used this recipe for many years and always get compliments on it.
Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Men

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This recipe for gingerbread men uses butterscotch pudding mix and doesn't require molasses!

Inspiration and Ideas

Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Glaze

"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

The classic: spicy, moist, and sweet. Top with powdered sugar or whipped cream.

Moist, Tender Spice Cake: Gingerbread Variation

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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.