Gingerbread is one of the most popular Christmas treats. A popular children’s craft is to make a gingerbread house. Gingerbread men are hung as decoration from the Christmas tree. Gingerbread has a festive flavor combination, with warm spices and ginger flavors. Different countries and even cities have their own version of gingerbread. Some are hard, like cookies. These are the types made into houses. Some are softer, with a more chewy texture. We also love the gingerbread cakes, which are moist and rich. All that’s required to call a baked good “gingerbread” is the inclusion of ginger and different spices.

We found 12 amazing and different gingerbread recipes that show you how diverse you can make this treat.

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12. Gingerbread French Toast

Have a great Christmas morning breakfast with this gingerbread french toast. Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves spice the egg mixture that you dip the bread in. Molasses is added for flavor and color. Top with their recipe for gingerbread butter.

[Source: Created By Diane]

11. Traditional Hard Gingerbread Cookies

These gingerbread cookies are a traditional recipe that make perfect Christmas tree decorations. To make the tree ornaments, cut a small hole in each cookie before you bake. An unused straw makes a perfect sized hole. Once baked, thread with ribbon and hang them up!

[Source: Epicure Selections]

10. Queen’s Gingerbread

These rich squares are quite like a panforte. This Italian dessert is a richer and stronger version of a British fruitcake. They are served both for dessert and for breakfast. This recipe makes a moist square that works perfectly with the crunchy almonds on top.

[Source: Guardian]

9. Gingerbread Panini

Gingerbread cake is thick and moist, making it easy to cut. If you like your cake warm, try and toast the cake slices. This recipe uses the cake texture to its advantage by putting them in a panini press. The result is a crisp yet soft texture.

[Source: Panini Happy]

8. Gingerbread House Cup Toppers

Top your hot chocolate or apple cider with these adorable gingerbread house toppers. Make miniature houses with a pattern and traditional gingerbread cookie dough. Glue the houses together with royal icing, and decorate away.

[Source: Not Martha]

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7. Gingerbread Cake

This moist cake has only a hint of ginger, which is great for those who like a mild spice taste. If you like your cakes to have flavor impact, double or even quadruple the spices called for. Always do this cautiously, as too much ginger can make a recipe bitter.

[Source: Whats 4 Dinner Solutions]

6. Gingerbread Icebox Cake

This beautiful and vintage looking cake uses traditional gingerbread cookies. A rich yet light mascarpone cream holds the shape together. You need to let this cake sit for at least 12 hours for the cookies to soften enough to cut.

[Source: Serious Eats]

5. Warm Gingerbread Cake

This lovely cake is packed with spices and delicious molasses flavors. It is served hot, topped with ice cream or apple sauce. Apples might seem like a strange addition, but their subtle tartness and sweetness work beautifully with the ginger flavors.

[Source: Dairy Goodness]

4. Gingerbread Cake With Buttermilk Syrup

This beautiful cake is made with a bunt pan for easy serving. It’s topped with a light buttermilk syrup, which adds a great flavor contrast to the cake. When using different pan sizes for your cake, always adjust the baking times. Keep an eye on it so it’s not under or over cooked.

[Source: Clawson Live]

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3. Gingerbread Biscotti

Biscotti are a great Christmas cookie to make because they are baked twice. This really dries them out and gets that great crunchy texture. It also means they take forever to go stale! We think dipping these cookies in chocolate would be an excellent addition.

[Source: Bliss Tree]

2. Pumpkin Gingerbread

This gingerbread is really a ginger “bread”. Made in a loaf pan, this cake textured treat is a great addition to a dessert table. The recipe uses coconut oil, but you could replace it with butter or your choice of oil. Coconut oil is known for its health benefits and has the added benefit of being delicious.

[Source: Free Coconut Recipes]

1. Gingerbread Blossoms

These gingerbread cookies have a wonderful soft texture that you will love. To make this unique shape, bake the cookies until just cooked. Then, when you take them out, press into the center of each. This makes a nice little well for you to add jam or chocolate to.

[Source: Java Cupcake]

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