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There is nothing quite like gingerbread. This spicy yet sweet dish is usually associated with wintertime holidays around December, but National Gingerbread Day is June 5, right before the start of summer. If you love the flavor of gingerbread, and want an excuse to eat it during a warmer month, go ahead and celebrate!
While gingerbread was originally a reference to preserved ginger, it then changed to a mean a mixture of honey and spices. Now, it is a sweet food that is typically made with molasses. People enjoy gingerbread in cakes, cookies and more.
This old-fashioned gingerbread is enough to fill your kitchen with the aroma of the holidays. Mix nutmeg, allspice, cloves, black pepper, molasses, eggs, salt, water and butter until just moist. Spread the mixture into a pan, cut into squares and serve with powdered sugar and whipped cream.
With soft centers, crispy edges and a perfect blend of sugar and spices, these gingerbread cookies are perfect for giving and eating. Molasses, spices, eggs and brown sugar are key for binding and flavoring these cookies. Cut each cookie out in a fun shape, bake for 8 to 11 minutes (check the baking times on the recipe) and decorate with icing and candies to make buttons, gloves and more.
Prettier to look at than eat, gingerbread houses are a staple of the festive season. But you can still make them in June and decorate using more summery shades! For easier cutting of the gingerbread, use a paper template. Decorate using icing, gumdrops, coated candy, licorice and more! Make sure to snap pictures of your handiwork.
Ground ginger, ground cinnamon and ground cloves are classic gingerbread ingredients, so they are in this, too. This cake is moist and flavorful, and a lemon frosting adds some zing and richness. Keep an eye on the cake as it bakes—it should be in the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Frost and top with grated lemon zest before serving. This could work for a summer picnic!
If you are a coffee person, drink this Gingerbread Coffee as you have a cookie or a slice of cake. Brewed coffee, sweetened whipped cream, half-and-half, molasses, brown sugar, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground cloves create the flavor combo you love in drink form. Share some with a friend on your next walk around town.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, of Little House on the Prairie fame, was famous for her gingerbread. Made best in a loaf or brownie pan, this minimally spiced gingerbread is made even better with a frosting. While Laura’s original frosting recipe has been lost, you can make one she would like with semisweet chocolate chips, butter, cinnamon and heavy cream.
Sometimes you just want a cupcake. These are topped with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting and topped off with a small gingerbread cookie. So, it is the best of two desserts in one! The recipe creator went through eight batches of cupcakes to perfect these instructions, so you know it is a keeper in your recipe toolkit.
Chewy and crispy, these cookie lookalikes are anything but: in fact, they taste more like a cracker. Savory fans will love these and leftovers can be stored in an airtight container. Just make sure people know they are not sweet!
Ginger, molasses and clove come together in this crisp gluten-free shortbread. A molasses glaze livens things up and makes this shortbread ideal for afternoon tea. It earns its spot on a cookie platter, at least!
This crunchy biscotti is nice to dip in a warm mug of tea of Gingerbread Coffee. Made using no butter, it is topped with dark chocolate and rolled in sea salt. Delicious!
Wake up to flavorful pancakes topped with plenty of butter and pure maple syrup. Pro tip: Make a double batch, freeze the leftovers and enjoy!
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