Which sweet treat is associated with the Christmas period? Gingerbread! For what would Christmas be without gingerbread houses and gingerbread people?
However, gingerbread refers to a broader category of baked goods, including biscuits, cookies, and cakes, typically flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and/or nutmeg, and sweetened with sugar, honey, or molasses.
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History has it that this Christmas food was brought to Europe from the East, in the 10th century by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis, with the purpose to cure indigestion. The Americas were introduced to it by the first European settlers who used to make it with molasses (Read on for more fun facts connected to gingerbread).
So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way, by indulging in our delightful gingerbread recipes.
Did you know that the first figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits appeared at the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England? She gifted the edible figurines to some of her important guests. Another fun fact – the world’s largest gingerbread man weighed over 1400 lbs. and was made in Norway, in 2009 by the staff of the IKEA store.
Who can resist these cute kids? Classic gingerbread cookies make warm and spicy treats or use them for whimsical decorations. Tip: Freeze these cookies in re-sealable freezer bags for up to 1 month. Just defrost and decorate! To hang these cookies as ornaments, use a drinking straw to make a hole at the top of each cookie before baking. After decorating, tie ribbons through the holes.
Note: You can also cut stars and bells from the gingerbread. And if you don’t have molasses on hand, substitute an equal amount of sorghum or honey. Honey gave the cookies a milder taste that is equally sweet and delicious.
The reason we absolutely love cupcakes is their ability to transform into a sweet treat for any occasion. All you need to do is select a suitable decoration. These gingerbread cupcakes are incredibly moist & fluffy and topped with a rich cinnamon cream cheese frosting!
Fun fact: In the past, gingerbread was only made by Catholic monks, who usually created it in the form of angels and saints. Common people were forbidden from making it!
Looking for some mind-blowing gingerbread cookies to include in our Christmas selection, we stumbled upon a recipe that your little ones will adore. Full title: Gingerbread M&M cookie bars with gingerbread M&M buttercream. Ground M&Ms, subtle spices, and some chocolate – these cookies are unlike any other.
Fun fact: According to the Swedish tradition, you can make a wish by holding gingerbread in your palm and then break it with the other hand. If it breaks into three pieces, the wish will come true.
What better way to start the Christmas day than with a delicious breakfast in bed? And what better festive breakfast option than pancakes? They taste just like gingerbread cookies, packed with spices and molasses. Don’t forget a cup of warm coffee or milk for the kids.
Fun fact: The city of Bergen in Norway builds a whole city of gingerbread houses every year.
As you might have guessed from the recipe title, this is a French recipe. Yule log, as it translates, is a traditional Christmas dessert in France. It is basically a light, subtly spiced sponge cake but this version is somewhat Americanized with the use of meringue frosting and cream cheese filling. In addition, it contains vanilla and cinnamon, as well as caramelized pecans, both in the filling and on top.
Fun fact: The word “gingerbread” derives from the Old French word “gingebras”, which means “preserved ginger”.
Here is something easy, simple, and delicious – truffles made with the quintessential holiday flavor and covered in white chocolate and rich cream cheese. The creaminess of the white chocolate perfectly complements the spiciness and crunchiness of the gingersnaps to create the cutest Christmas dessert ever!
These festive cookies are the perfect edible party favor! Chewy, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these biscotti are meant to be dunked in coffee, cocoa, or hot chocolate. Can you feel the beautiful smell in your house?
Here is another Christmas breakfast suggestion. These cute donuts are much healthier than the standard ones because they are baked. The spices make them perfectly Christmassy, whereas the glaze adds an ideal amount of sweetness. Rise and shine!
How multifunctional is this hearty, one-bowl vegan apple cake infused with rolled oats and gingerbread flavor? It is perfect for special occasions, lazy afternoons with a hot cup of tea, or as a Christmas breakfast-in-bed item. Your friends and family will absolutely adore it. Did we mention it is packed with healthy ingredients?
Fun fact: Gingerbread houses became extremely popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their story “Hansel and Gretel”.
How to describe this Christmas goodness? A perfect blend of classic brownies and gingerbread? Rich, fudgy and chocolatey, with lots of gingerbread spices and molasses? That would do. To make them even more festive, cover the brownies with a thick layer of chocolate ganache and snowflake sprinkles (who said there won’t be any snow this Christmas?). Finally, add the glaze and let them cool before slicing.
Fun fact: One of the defining features of gingerbread is the use of molasses or honey as sweeteners instead of sugar.
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Looking for a special drink to toast? This Christmassy beverage is based on Feeney’s, a luxury Irish Cream made by blending real dairy cream with aged Irish whiskey and chocolate. Next, there is single cream, vodka, and espresso. The coffee is there to balance the sweetness from the brown sugar, whereas the gingerbread flavor is obtained by adding fresh ginger, cinnamon, mace, and cloves. Serve it in a classic martini glass, rimmed with brown sugar & spices mixture, and topped with whipped cream & crushed gingerbread biscuits
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