These Gingerbread Recipes are a family favorite with the brown sugar, molasses and ground ginger making the house smell like a bakery in winter.
Whether your’e entertaining for the holidays or headed to a cookie exchange party, you’ll definitely want to peruse these recipes for just the perfect treat.
If you need a little help getting started and haven’t done a whole lotta baking before, I do have some helpful tips for choosing the best cookie sheet. I come back to these every time I feel like I need to replace my baking sheet, honestly.
Now, on to our recipes!
Because, seriously, I really want some gingerbread now. Like, I made some the other day, but the kids, well, they do that drive-by-snacking thing that a) drives me nuts and b) disappears all the yummiest stuff in seconds flat.
So, I’m ready for another batch of gingerbread. Cookies, cakes, muffins, you name it, I’m ready.
Where are the recipes, you might ask….well, just keep scrolling because here we are!
Tips for Making Gingerbread:
Make sure to follow the recipe. Gingerbread isn’t a super-finicky thing to make, but let’s be very clear: It’s still a bread.
And, as with all breads, you do have to make sure to follow the directions. If it says to use hot water, don’t use lukewarm water–make sure it’s hot, but not boiling water, just hot.
The same goes with the spices. To make the traditional ginger-flavor you’re looking for with a gingerbread recipe, you really need to make sure you’re measuring your spices correctly. Do not just “put a dash” or you’ll be throwing out your gingerbread cookies in a heartbeat.
If you can, absolutely serve warm. Gingerbread warm is an absolutely huge treat. Gingerbread cake and iced gingerbread cookies may not be able to be served warm, but if you can….oooohhh…
Here’s some additional tips I like to make gingerbread by:
If the recipe calls for a toothpick inserted in the center to come out clean, do not pull the gingerbread out to check it–do it in the oven, if possible because the gingerbread will fall.
Prep your baking sheets with parchment paper unless the recipe calls for it. If you use cooking spray when it’s not called for, you could easily burn the edges of your winter treat.
Same goes with butter–don’t use margarine, if it calls for butter. And don’t let the butter melt if it calls for room temperature butter, because the butter actually helps the baked good retain it’s shape.
Don’t put your gingerbread into the oven early! Let the oven preheat completely before you put it in the prepared pan and bake it. If the recipe calls for you to preheat oven to 350 degrees, the oven itself can get much hotter than that while it’s getting to that temperature, so it could burn or simply melt your recipe.
Top all gingerbread treats with whipped cream. It is a law.
Best Cookie Recipes:
Once you make your Gingerbread Recipe, you’ll see just how fun it is to make a great cookie–and how fast they can really come together. I love cookies and some of my very favorite are listed here so you can fall in love with them, too.