The holiday season calls for all things sugar and spice and everything gingerbread—including a mouth-watering array of gingerbread granola, spicy biscotti, decadent ginger-infused truffles, an adorable gingerbread cabin, and we’d never forget to invite the gingerbread gentlemen and gentlewomen!

Let the comforting, seasonal flavors of molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and brown sugar take over your senses this holiday season…

1. Gingerbread Biscotti

A nice cup of tea and a gingerbread biscotti—that will be your go-to holiday treat after baking up a batch of these comforting, spicy, European-style cookies. The hard texture makes them perfect for dipping!

Spiced delicately with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and molasses, these gingerbread biscotti also make the perfect holiday gift or pot luck contribution for family, office, and holiday parties.

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Source: Recipe4Living.com

2. Gingerbread Granola

Don’t say I didn’t warn you—the smells and flavors of festive spices are about to invade your kitchen faster than Santa slides down your chimney. No one can resist the comforting smells of maple syrup, candied ginger, toasted pecans, cinnamon and ginger spice, vanilla, and molasses.

And the smells leading up to the first crispy-crunchy spoonful won’t disappoint when you finally get to taste it. Who knew that breakfast could taste so decadent, thanks to natural sweetness added with a drizzle of maple syrup, dried cranberries, and coconut flakes for a true gluten-free granola.

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Source: CookieandKate.com

3. Cinnamon-Sugar Gingerbread Doughnuts

It’s no wonder you’re craving the flavors of cinnamon, sugar, and gingerbread—it’s winter, after all. And what goes better with a steaming cup of spiked coffee or mulled apple cider than a gingerbread donut…or two, or three!

Each freshly fried ring of gingerbread cake donut is packed with fragrant winter spices—such as molasses, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Fry them up and gobble them down, relishing the crisp outer cake crust and fluffy, warm cinnamon-sugar center.

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Source: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

4. Gingerbread Ladies & Gentlemen

When it comes to truly festive cookies—not many compare to the traditional gingerbread man (and ladies). Tasty and quite stylish, you can make a batch of any gender you like (even gingerbread pets) if you have the right cookie cutters or stencils.

These are made using the classic ingredients, like cinnamon, ginger, dark-brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, and molasses. However, they call for a little extra kick by incorporating black pepper, candy pieces, chocolate chips, raisins, and pipped frosting for just the right details.

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Source: Simply Recipes

5. Gingerbread Truffles

Fresh peeled, candied ginger, ground cinnamon, allspice, molasses, and cloves envelop your sense as you bite into this decadent truffle outside to reveal a velvety whipped cream center. Gingerbread never made a better holiday gift for your boss, neighbor…heck, even your Mother-in-Law will be tickled pink unwrapping a box of these!

The truffle coating is a mixture of semi-sweet dark chocolate and creamy white chocolate and each sweet is crowned with a curl of sweet yet tangy crystallized ginger.

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Source: Recipe Girl

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6. Pretty Little Gingerbread Cabin

Signal the start of the holiday season with an adorable, one-of-a-kind gingerbread house—or cabin—in this case! But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for 4 boring walls and a flat roof covered in gumdrops. No, this little cabin is right out of a fairy tale (think Hansel & Gretel minus the wicked witch).

Your little darlings will ohhhh and awwww and dig right in without hesitation—let’s face it the candied beads, gumdrop accents, and snow-white piping is difficult to resist.

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Source: Today’s Parent

7. Gingerbread Caramel Corn

If you like you’re sweet mixed with salty and spicy, you can make a bowl of this gingerbread caramel corn all to yourself—and no one will blame you. Each batch starts with a traditional caramel popping corn recipe spiced up with the flavors of the season (i.e., vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, coarse Kosher salt, ginger, and cinnamon).

A big added crunch is added with salty pretzel sticks and lots of butter. Bake up golden in a large sheet pan and let the smells peculate through your entire house. You may even get hungry neighbors knocking at your front door.

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Source: HeatherChristo.com

8. Gingerbread Christmas Pudding

Sticky pudding and a traditional English Christmas go hand-in-merry-hand! Classically-made holiday “pudding” is actually a heavy, dense, moist, spiced cake that makes the perfect dessert after a festive meal.

This version is infused with the flavors of gingerbread, tangy orange marmalade, and a brandy-spiked sauce made with butter and sugar to give it that traditional “sticky” texture.

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Source: Epicurious.com

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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