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15 Spicy and Oh-So-Sweet Desserts Featuring Gingerbread


These cookies are super easy to make and taste delicious. They are crisp ginger cookies which are perfectly spiced, decorated with homemade vegan royal icing which drys out at room temperature. This is a classic recipe for Christmas which everyone will enjoy. Even pop a few on a plate along with a glass of dairy-free milk for Santa, we’re sure he’ll want more than one!Break out those cookie trays and gather your spices, because it’s gingerbread season! First of all, what is gingerbread? It might seem like a silly question, but gingerbread is more than just those delicious crispy cookies; it can refer to an entire roster of baked goods that are spiced with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. They are typically sweetened with brown sugar and molasses, which add to its rich flavor. The recipe for gingerbread is very old; an Armenian monk named Gregory of Nicopolis taught the recipe to French Christians in the year 992! Centuries later, it spread from Central Europe to Sweden, but the cookies did not show up in bakeries until the 17th century. That’s longevity.

A traditional gingerbread cookie calls for eggs, but we can make them without be substituting with ground flax or chia seeds or we can go without an egg substitute. These Gingerbread Folk Cookies and these Gingerbread Christmas Cookies don’t use either. There are also a lot of different ways we can reinvent gingerbread into new, festive holiday desserts. See 8 Freakin’ Delicious Gingerbread Recipes and then come back for these 15 spicy-sweet gingerbread recipes!

1. Gingerbread Cheesecake

Gingerbread Cheesecake

This Gingerbread Cheesecake is a real centerpiece of a dessert and it’s a gingerbread lover’s dream. The crust is made from gingerbread cookies, the coconut milk cheesecake filling has crumbled cookies mixed — plus, you can (and should) top it with extra cookies. It’s creamy, dreamy, and perfectly spiced.

2. Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

If you love the taste of gingerbread, you will adore these Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls. It’s that blend of ginger and cloves that really seals the deal! Also, this recipe utilizes a bread machine – it’s simple, fast, and no-fuss.

3. Gingerbread Mousse

Gingerbread Mousse

This creamy Gingerbread Mousse requires just FIVE minutes of prep and ONE bowl to make! This mousse is the perfect blend of spicy, sweet flavors all presented in light, fluffy wrapping. Dessert doesn’t get much simpler than this.

 4. Classic Gingerbread Bundt Cake


If you’re a fan of old-fashioned desserts, then it just doesn’t get ay better than this Classic Gingerbread Bundt Cake. The cake is infused with a homemade spice blend, stout beer, and sweetened with molasses to make it taste rich. If that’s not enough to get you drooling, it’s topped with a cinnamon molasses lemon cream that pairs so perfectly with the cake.

5. Carrot Gingerbread Muffins

muffin These Carrot Gingerbread Muffins are super moist and delicious. They are made with spelt flour, sweetened with blackstrap molasses and laced with walnuts and ginger. The carrots keep the muffins super moist and they are an excellent way to use up carrot pulp leftover from juicing.

6. Raw Gingerbread Cake With Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting

Raw Gingerbread Cake with Cashew Cream Cheeze Frosting

Okay, people …get out the walnuts, the almonds, and the rest of these ingredients NOW. You have got to make this festive Raw Gingerbread Cake With Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting as soon as possible. It’s just too good to miss out on! You will love it, your friends and family will love it — everyone will love it. This cake has the perfect gingerbread spice combined with a rich, tangy cream cheese frosting.

7. Gingerbread Cookies With Cardamom Vanilla Glaze 

Gingerbread Cut-Outs With Cardamom Vanilla Glaze

Of course, we can’t forget about classic gingerbread cookies! These crispy Gingerbread Cookies With Cardamom Vanilla Glaze  are spiced with ginger and topped with a vanilla frosting that’s spiced with the unmistakable flavor of cardamom. These will disappear in the blink of an eye.

8. Gingerbread Pumpkin Pretzel Protein Bars

Gingerbread Pumpkin Pretzel Protein Bars 7

These Gingerbread Pumpkin Pretzel Protein Bars are layer upon layer of awesome. They start off with a unique, half crunchy-half chewy base made with pretzels, dates softened in coffee, more coffee, and cinnamon. Then the filling is a mixture of flavor and function: pumpkin purée, carob powder, applesauce, agave, and ginger for flavor, and red lentils for protein. Topped off with a thick frosting made with white beans and sweeteners, these bars taste like dessert, but rest easy knowing they are wholesome and energizing too!

9. Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes [Vegan]

If you’re addicted to gingerbread lattes from a certain international coffee chain, you’ll LOVE these Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes. They really taste like gingerbread-flavored coffee! It’s all thanks to the one-two combo of espresso-infused cupcakes and frosting.

10. Salted Gingerbread Caramels

Salted Gingerbread Caramels

These Salted Gingerbread Caramels are the perfect treat for winter! A sprinkle of sea salt works to balance out the sweetness of the dates while ginger and cinnamon provide all the warmth you could want. These are so easy to make, but so tough to resist!

11.  Gingerbread Chia Doughnuts

Gingerbread Chia Doughnuts [Vegan]

Gingerbread for breakfast? Why not? We highly recommend you try it with these Gingerbread Chia Doughnuts. Fresh ginger, molasses, and chia seeds make these dessert-for-breakfast treats extra tasty.

12. Almond Gingerbread Bites

Almond Gingerbread Holiday Bites [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Not one for involved desserts or baking? Oh, then you will love these Almond Gingerbread Bites. All you have to do is blend everything together, roll ’em into balls, then coat ’em in sugar — yum! They may be made from almonds and dates, but they sure do satisfy your craving for gingerbread.

13. 5-Ingredient Gingerbread Brownie Bars


These 5-Ingredient Gingerbread Brownie Bars take raw snacks to another level; this is perfectly acceptable dessert territory. You could serve them with whipped coconut cream and a scoop of vegan ice-cream for your holiday dessert or, failing that, still feel free to munch on them as an extra special indulgent mid-afternoon treat.

14. Pumpkin Gingerbread

Pumpkin Ginger Bread [Vegan]

Pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon make for an excellent team and because ginger and cinnamon are warming foods, they’re a great addition to your diet in the colder months. This Pumpkin Gingerbread is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and can be nut-free as well! This pumpkin gingerbread will fill your kitchen with holiday smells and makes for a comforting breakfast or dessert warmed up with coconut oil spread on top!

15. Raw Gingerbread and Chocolate Tarts


The combination of gingerbread and chocolate in these Raw Gingerbread Chocolate Tarts are perfect for any holiday party. They have a ginger-pecan crust, a layer of chocolate, and a filling made from cashews, frozen bananas, molasses, and (of course) spices! Top with pecans and candied ginger to make them look extra-festive for your holiday party.

16. Gingerbread TartletsVegan Gingerbread Tartlets

These little Gingerbread Tartlets are filled with warming ginger spice. The tartlet case is a lightly baked coconut base with a ginger cream filling, topped off with a drizzle of vegan white chocolate, a dash of ground ginger, crumbled gingerbread cookies, and a cute lil’ gingerbread man.

17. Raw Gingerbread Cheesecake Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cheesecake

All the wonderful holiday spices of gingerbread are incorporated into this Raw Gingerbread Cheesecake! If you are looking for an innovative holiday dessert, you’ve got to check out this one. The base of the cheesecake is made out of oats, dates, and cashews. The dessert gets its creaminess from the addition of avocado and is naturally sweetened by dates and bananas.

18. Holiday Gingerbread CookiesVegan Holiday Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

These Holiday Gingerbread Cookies are super easy to make and taste delicious. They are crisp ginger cookies which are perfectly spiced, decorated with homemade vegan royal icing which drys out at room temperature. This is a classic recipe for Christmas which everyone will enjoy. Even pop a few on a plate along with a glass of dairy-free milk for Santa, we’re sure he’ll want more than one!


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Lead image source: Gingerbread Cookies With Cardamom Vanilla Glaze

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