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Here are 8 Of The BEST Homemade Gingerbread Recipes all in one place! Gingerbread is a yummy treat for all occasions, but especially for holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving!

Your family and friends will love these easy gingerbread recipes! Whether you’re craving gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cake or a sumptuous gingerbread hot chocolate, you’ll find it here!

Here are 8 Of The BEST Homemade Gingerbread Recipes all in one place! Gingerbread is a yummy treat for all occasions, but especially for holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving! Your family and friends will love these easy gingerbread recipes! Whether you're craving gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cake or a sumptuous gingerbread hot chocolate, you'll find it here!

8 Of The BEST Homemade Gingerbread Recipes

This basic homemade gingerbread recipe is on page 231 in our Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Gingerbread is one of my favorite fall desserts! Nothing says fall like pumpkin and gingerbread and this is a long time family favorite! 

  • If you don’t have whipped topping for your gingerbread, you can use some vanilla frosting on it.
  • This gingerbread recipe can be made ahead of time and frozen after it is baked. 

 

Easy Homemade Gingerbread Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk
1 3/4 tsp. soda
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix everything in a bowl until smooth. Pour in a greased 9×9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Serves 9.

 

This never fail homemade gingerbread recipe is super easy and tasty and you can even easily freeze it for later!

This never fail homemade gingerbread recipe is super easy and can be made ahead of time and frozen before baking it. Don’t let the long list of ingredients make it feel daunting. It is mostly spices and is very easy to mix together.

Never Fail Freezer Gingerbread Recipe

1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. each of salt, baking powder, soda
3/4 tsp. ginger
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves

Pour boiling water over shortening. Add sugar, molasses and egg. Sift remaining ingredients together and add to liquids. Beat with an electric mixer. Pour into a greased 8×8 pan at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

If you want to Freeze the Gingerbread Dough for later:

After mixing the gingerbread dough and placing it in the pan, freeze it. Then when you’re ready to use it, place it in a cold oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

 

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Bars

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and molasses and beat 1-2 minutes until lighter brown. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Batter will be very thick. May have to pat into pan.

Pour into 9×13 pan or 8×8 pan* lined with parchment paper or foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake until it starts to turn a little brown on the edges.

*If you want a thinner bar, use a 9×13 pan and bake for 20-22 minutes. For a thicker bar use the 8×8 pan and add 2-3 minutes of baking time.

Frosting

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened (1/2 stick)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Beat all ingredients together and frost bars when cool.

 

These super yummy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Recipes are two great recipes for tasty hot chocolate. They’re great for cold days and holidays!

These super yummy Gingerbread Hot Chocolate And White Chocolate Recipes are two great recipes for tasty hot chocolate. They're great for cold days and holidays!

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

3 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. molasses
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine everything but the milk in a saucepan over low heat. Then add the milk. Heat, whisking, until hot. Serve with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add a gingerbread cookie on the side.

 

Hot Gingerbread White Chocolate

1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
2 tsp. molasses
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice (mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom)

Mix all ingredients and heat either on the stove or in the microwave. Top with whipped topping.

 

White Chocolate Topped Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

It doesn’t get much better than walking in the door to the smell of gingerbread! This gingerbread cookies recipe tastes great any time of year but these cookies can really start getting you in the mood for the holidays now!

This gingerbread cookies recipe is great if you have a hurried schedule and have to get things done with just a few moments here and there. If you need to, you can make the dough ahead of time and let it set in the fridge for a few days before baking. You could also mix the batter in the morning and then bake a few cookies when the kids are arriving home from school.

If you don’t have white chocolate chips on hand, make some vanilla frosting or open a can of vanilla frosting to use on these instead. These cookies are fun to serve at a tea too with a dollop of whipped topping like a small tea cake or just sit down and eat some at the end of a long cold day with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

3 cups flour
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks)  butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips

Beat butter and brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Press dough into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies just begin to brown. Immediately press about 5-6 white chocolate chips into center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.

 

 

White Gingerbread Cake Recipe

Our readers are such great cooks and give us some of the best recipes. Here is a white gingerbread cake recipe from Bea that sounded different and interesting. If you don’t like the molasses flavor in regular gingerbread, this recipe may be for you because it has no molasses. It is like a spice cake. 

I think it would be delicious for breakfast, dessert or snack and might be good drizzled with a little vanilla or caramel frosting.

Topping:

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cut up

Mix and reserve 1 cup.

Add:

1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. mace
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk

Mix all ingredients into the flour mixture. Put 1/2 cup of the reserved topping on bottom of a greased baking pan. Pour the batter on top. Sprinkle the other 1/2 cup topping over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick pushed in the center comes out clean.

 

Gingerbread Milkshake Recipe

1 cup vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 Tbsp. molasses

Blend all ingredients in a blender. Garnish with some whipped topping and add a little cinnamon.

 

Mom’s Homemade Gingerbread Men! Or Cookie Men as the kids call them!

For the last 25 years mom has made these cute gingerbread men for Christmas. She just sells them to friends and family but has made up to 500 dozen of the little ones (yes, that 5,000-7,000 gingerbread men) in November and December. She packages them by the dozen in cellophane bags tied with a piece of red curly ribbon.

A few years ago she came up with the big ones (at the top). They are about 12 inches tall and the kids just loved them. She gives one to each of the grandkids each Thanksgiving and most of it’s gone by the next morning! LOL

The best part is that they taste even better than they look! She found a great recipe years ago in an old cookbook and has used it ever since. (Sorry, we can’t give it out. When we are done with the book business we will go into the gingerbread men business. 🙂

I thought I would share a picture since everyone is always asking about them.

Tawra

 

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