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Gingerbread Recipes {Cookies, Cakes, Waffles, and More}

Gingerbread is such a delicious treat for any season. Whether you make it as cakes or cookies or something else, for dessert or just snacking, it has wonderful flavor and texture.

It’s lightly sweet, but you can add anything from whipped cream to hot chocolate sauce to make it more indulgent. This gingerbread recipe collection gives you so many options.

Gingerbread cookies on a table with spices

Gingerbread Recipe Collection

There are so many things besides cookies and cakes to do with gingerbread.

  1. Classic gingerbread recipe. One of the most familiar gingerbread recipes is actually a cake batter. You can bake it in a cake pan and cut it like cake. Or bake in a bread loaf pan to make gingerbread you can slice. You can even bake it as cupcakes, which is absolutely fantastic with a cream cheese icing. However you use it, this recipe comes out a moist, dense, spicy-sweet cake that’s delicious with whipped cream, butter, cream cheese and/or a simple lemon sauce.
  2. Gingerbread men. This is a classic recipe for making gingerbread men from scratch. It also has a recipe for the confectioner’s frosting you’ll need to decorate them (you can get more fancy, with colored icing or by pressing raisins or nut slivers into the cookies before baking).
  3. Deep Dark Gingerbread Waffles. With just a few tweaks, this gingerbread recipe turns cake batter into a waffle batter that’s spicy and sweet. It cooks up perfectly in your waffle iron. You can serve it with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or whipped cream. Or even just butter. But you could also drizzle a lemon sauce over it, or some maple syrup, or a chocolate sauce.
  4. Gingerbread pancakes. Keeping with the breakfast theme, this recipe for gingerbread pancakes is easy to whip up on a whim. It comes with a recipe for a lemon infused maple syrup.
  5. Gingerbread scones. Great for snacking anytime, gingerbread scones – like all scones – are moist but dense. Because they need no icing or sauce, they’re great for taking on the road with you. Not only are they better and fresher than scones you buy at a coffee shop, but they’re also a fraction of the cost to make. Even if you factor in your labor, this is not a labor-intensive recipe.
  6. Marbled gingerbread. This is basically a gingerbread cake batter below a cream cheese filling, with a mix of the two marbled together on top. The end result is something like a gingerbread cheesecake. Cut your slices very small if you’re watching calories. You’ll be surprised how far just a few bites of this will go.
  7. Gingerbread bars. This recipe makes a batter that cooks up dense and chewy. It’s perfect for a brownie alternative. It comes with a cream cheese icing recipe to marble over the top. The icing is a little bit stiffer than a traditional cake icing, so you can actually wrap these little treats in plastic and take them on the road with you. Some of the icing might come off on the plastic while it’s in transit, but you can always just lick that off, right?