10 Decadent Gingerbread Desserts to Enjoy All Winter Long

Add a little sugar and spice to something nice—we're particularly excited for #8.

Photo: Samantha Seneviratne

Baking gingerbread cookies and decorating gingerbread houses are both non-negotiable holiday customs we look forward to all year. But the flavors of ginger, spice, and molasses can really shine in other delicious desserts as well. From bite-sized Gingerbread Cupcakes With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting to Stacked Gingerbread Cake lined with lemon curd, Slow-Cooker Gingerbread Hot Chocolate, Buttery Gingerbread Maple Muffins, and even a Gingerbread Beer-Tini Cocktail, you'll want to try one (or all) of these gingerbread sweets this season.

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Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread Truffles
Victor Protasio

These tasty truffles have the decadence of the classic chocolate treat plus the added flavor of all the warm spices you expect from gingerbread cookies. The recipe calls for rolling your finished truffles in a mixture of cocoa powder and ground ginger, but feel free to try rolling them in toasted crushed almonds, shredded coconut, or sprinkles—or dip them in melted candy coating for a crispy chocolate shell.

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Slow-Cooker Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Slow-Cooker Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Greg DuPree

The only thing better than a mug of steaming spiced hot chocolate is one that's waiting for you after a long afternoon spent shoveling—or sledding in—the snow. Here, you'll slow-cook a generous portion of hot cocoa sweetened with powdered sugar, molasses, and gingerbread spices (like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves) for up to three hours for cozy cocoa perfection.

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Gingerbread Stack Cake

Gingerbread Stack Cake
Samantha Seneviratne

This rustic beauty is simple to assemble and incredibly fun to eat. The cream cheese filling (which is flavored with lemon curd) can be prepared a day in advance, but the pancakes are best the day they're made. Sprinkle the completed cake with confectioners sugar for a snowy, festive finish.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes With Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Emily Kinni

If you like gingerbread cookies but prefer a cake with plenty of frosting, make a batch of these deliciously decadent holiday cupcakes. For a deeper, spicier gingerbread flavor, add ¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and ground nutmeg to the dry ingredients. The cupcakes are best eaten the day they're made, but will keep up to two days in an airtight container.

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Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies

Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies
Formula Z/S

A handful of dried cranberries and a sprinkling of golden sugar is all it takes to help store-bought cookie mix pass for homemade Christmas cookies. For uniform, perfectly round drop cookies, spoon out the dough with a small ice cream scoop. Use the rim of a drinking glass to add the sugar and flatten the balls.

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Gingerbread Beer-Tini


What do you get when you mix molasses, ginger syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, honey, espresso, brown sugar, and beer? This sweet, spicy beer-tini cocktail perfect for your holiday happy hour. It's part drink, part dessert, and entirely delicious.

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Spicy Gingerbread Men

Spicy Gingerbread Men
Philip Friedman; Styling: Michelle Gatton

A pinch of cocoa powder, chili powder, and espresso powder give these iconic cookies a deep, complexly spicy flavor that's anything but ordinary. We recommend baking these cookies ahead of time, as they taste even better the day after they are made. Feel free to experiment with a variety of shapes.

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Buttery Gingerbread Maple Muffins

Buttery Gingerbread Maple Muffins

Burnt out on gingerbread cookies? Make muffins. They're baked with all our favorite cozy, warming spices and taste divine piping hot with a shmear of cream cheese for breakfast.

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Gingerbread and Chocolate Sandwiches

Hot Cocoa Frosting
Beatriz da Costa

Hot chocolate doesn't have to be mixed with water and served steaming to be tasty. In fact, this hot chocolate frosting may be our favorite new variation, and it's especially delicious when sandwiched between two cookies. If you have time on your hands, make the gingerbread cookies from scratch.

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Mini Gingerbread Cupcakes

Mini gingerbreadcupcakes
Dwight Eschiliman

These tasty little sweets combine spiced cake with a luscious cream cheese frosting, and are topped with a sliver of candied ginger for a pretty presentation. Using boxed gingerbread or spice cake mix speeds up the process, meaning you—the hostess—can actually enjoy the party.

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