Right next to candy canes, peppermint sticks and sugar plums, there’s always one special treat in pictures of Christmas desserts: gingerbread men! There’s something about the particular combination of sweet and spicy that makes the classic cookie absolutely perfect for the holidays, and in recent years, bakers and baristas have started getting in on the game by adding the flavor to all kinds of crazy concoctions. Why should the professionals get to have all the fun? After all, there’s nothing better than a homemade gingerbread treat for TRUE Christmas joy! Delish has put together a list of incredible gingerbread treats for dessert, breakfast and beyond, and that inspired us to do the same. Read on for some delicious ideas and give the Gingerbread Man a real run for his money.
Hot chocolate, s’mores, and your other favorite marshmallow desserts become so much more special when those marshmallows taste like gingerbread! Plus, making them at home means you get to make them as big or as small as you need.
Give the salty treat some seasonal spice! This easy snack is perfect for curling up on the couch with Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman!
Make a different kind of gingerbread man with these fudge versions! After all, there’s nothing better than homemade fudge, and this recipe is absolutely easy.
Trifles don’t always have to be chocolate! This no-bake dessert everybody will love has layer upon layer of gingerbread goodness, with caramel, whipped cream, cookies and gingerbread cheesecake!
Molasses Chocolate Chip Bars
The sweet stickiness of molasses and the spicy sweetness of gingerbread come together into these thick, delicious bars. While they’re dense with flavor – no chemical leaveners here! – they’re also soft and chewy.
- Gingerbread Loaf
Is it breakfast? Dessert? A snack? Who cares what the category is when the food in question is THIS tasty, moist, classic molasses quick bread!
- Gingerbread Doughnuts
This Christmas, treat yourself to a doughnut! These gingerbread versions are baked, not fried, so there’s less guilt for you, and the (optional) maple yogurt glaze adds just the right amount of seasonal sweetness.
Gingerbread Roll Cake
This cake is as lovely as it is delicious. The creamy filling perfectly balances the spicy cake, and the spiral design forms a traditional yule log you can eat!
- Cheesecake Dip
This easy-to-make, shareable dessert will make your holiday parties THE place to be this season. Plus, you can dip regular gingerbread cookies into this gingerbread cheesecake dip for the ultimate blast of Christmas flavor.
- Gingerbread Ice Cream
Love ice cream so much you actually want it more when it gets cold? Me too. Let’s reward ourselves with this easy-to-make AND low-carb treat that captures that ginger flavor in refreshing coolness.
- Gingerbread Pancakes
Start a new Christmas-morning tradition with these fluffy pancakes. They’re absolutely perfect to refuel after an exhaustive morning of opening gifts— especially when you top them with cinnamon maple syrup!
As though BITE-SIZED CHEESECAKE wasn’t exciting enough – and trust me, I’m super excited about this one – the gingerbread flavor makes these ones absolutely perfect for the holidays. They’re easier to make than you might think, and they’re make-ahead, too!
As you can tell, I’m obsessed with those cheesecake bites, but I also love EVERYTHING on this list. Get even more inspiration by checking out Delish’s original list, then tell us what YOUR favorite gingerbread treats are!