What We’re Loving: Gingerbread

by Kate H. Knapp on December 6, 2013

in Blog, Desserts, Holiday, What We’re Loving

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My family is very sweet—and yes, it’s mostly because of the massive amounts of sugar we consume over the holidays. Growing up, I equated the most wonderful time of year with the smorgasbord of colorful cookies, candies, and cake my mom and grandma would bake. Though I loved them all, my heart truly belonged to the gingerbread house. With its frosting icicles, gumdrop walkways, marshmallow snowman, chocolate shingles, and kooky cookie family, the gingerbread house was my dream home in confection (I’d still like to live in a home with candy-cane columns someday). Because of this, the scent of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves will always remind me of the magic and wonder of the holidays.

I’m clearly a fan of gingerbread in its house form, but it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. To help highlight the many different ways to make gingerbread, we’ve called upon our favorite bloggers to share with us how to take this spicy treat beyond its four walls.

We can’t talk about gingerbread without mentioning gingerbread cookies—pretty sure it’s a holiday baking law. Instead of the traditional man and woman, however, we’ve fallen for these gorgeous snowflake Molasses Gingerbread Cookies (pictured above). The decorative icing adds a lovely design and sweet topping to the cuter-than-can-be sweets. {from Cosmo Cookie}

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Gingerbread Madelienes? Nope, that isn’t a typo. The delightfully airy cookies have been transformed (thanks to the addition of molasses, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice) into a ridiculously adorable and addictive treat you will want to eat all year long. {from Created by Diane}

Macarons have become incredibly popular recently, and we think these Chocolate Gingerbread Macarons may have contributed to their rise in cookie celebrityhood. Lighter-than-air shells are spiced with gingerbread-y goodness and then filled with chocolate ganache to create a rich, melt-in-your mouth dessert. One bite and you’ll be a fan for life. {from Life’s a Feast}

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Imagine your favorite holiday movie (I love Scrooged) and now add Gingerbread Popcorn. Et Voila! A perfect evening at home. This delightful treat combines the flavors of gingerbread with the technique of buttered toffee popcorn, and the result is truly indulgent. The salty, sweet, spicy snack is perfect for a holiday get-together or even as a gift for your favorite film buff. {from An Edible Mosiac}

Whether it’s for breakfast or dessert (don’t you just love it when it’s interchangeable?), this Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce captures the spirit of the season in a truly comforting dish. The spiciness of the bread pudding is balanced by the addition of golden raisins, pecans, and sweet crystallized ginger. And the heavy drizzle of bourbon sauce added at the end is just enough boozy decadence to make everything merry and bright. {from The Law Student’s Wife}

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Get ready to spice (yup, I’m punny) up your cup of joe, ice cream, pancakes, or cocktails. This Gingerbread Syrup, with its infused flavors of molasses, fresh ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and whole allspice, is the perfect way to add a seasonal spin to your favorite staples. We’ve been mixing it with hot cocoa to help warm those cold winter days. Cheers! {from Erins Food Files}

Move over brownies, blondies, or any other bar-style sweet. These Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Molasses Chocolate Chip Bars are all you need to make your holidays truly happy. The addition of chocolate chips imparts a rich fudge-y flavor, which helps cool the kick from the molasses and gingerbread spices. The result is intoxicating, and one might even say that these set the bar quite high for gingerbread desserts. {from Averie Cooks}

Photos courtesy of Meghan, Diane, Jamie, Faith, Erin, Erin, and Averie.

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Kate H. Knapp

Head Recipe Tester & Shop Editor at Eat Boutique
Kate H. Knapp has been cooking since she was stove-high and whisk-strong. She comes from a long line of cooks and bakers, from whom she learned the sweet power of sugar, the thrill of egg whites, the magic of leftovers, and the importance of being fearless in the kitchen. Kate works as the Urbanist Boston City Guide Editor and has recently earned a Masters in Gastronomy. She spends her free time testing recipes, practicing food photography, and reading cookbooks. Her recipe for life is a work in progress—needs a dash more of this and a pinch of that—but she couldn't be happier with her ingredients.


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  • kathyinozarks

    I love gingerbread-beautiful post-I will be checking out those recipe links thank you Kathy

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