Posts Tagged ‘gingerbread’

Gingerbread Brownies with Eggnog Frosting

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Not all holiday desserts have to be cookies, but don’t make just any old brownie either. Spice things up with these gingerbread brownies and eggnog cream cheese frosting. 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Gingerbread Tart

To prove that peanut butter and chocolate have a place in your holiday plans, I made this tart with a ginger bread crust. And only 6 ingredients!

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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with Speculoos Icing & Baker’s Secret Giveaway

These gingerbread cinnamon rolls topped with speculoos icing would be a great for breakfast on a holiday morning.Make it easier on yourself my preparing the night before.

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Thanksgiving may still be on it’s way but I’m ready to pass over the pumpkin and start on some gingerbread. So I went ahead and made these gingerbread cinnamon rolls. If you have a lot of time in the morning, you could make these rolls all at once. Or you can divide the process by refrigerating the rolls overnight and then in the morning all you have to do is pop them in the oven. Then they get coated with a speculoos icing. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving or Christmas morning breakfast option to me.

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I was inspired to make these cinnamon rolls when I got my hands on Baker’s Secret new colored metal bakeware, which are pretty enough to serve out of.  Feel free to use them this holiday season for baking and serving without needing to dirty up another dish. To help you out, I have two pieces of Baker’s Secret colored metal bakeware to giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

One year ago: DOVE® Christmas Chocolate Drops

Two years ago: Penne with Trapanese Pesto

Three years ago: Butter Pecan with Brandy Ice Cream
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Gingerbread Oreo Snowman Truffles

Even since I got my hands on a package of Gingerbread Oreos I have been trying to come up with something mind-blowing to make with them. But in the end, I resorted to plain old Oreo truffles. I cannot help myself, they are just so yummy! And with a new flavor and shape, can you really blame me? Besides, I’ve been working 12 hour days in the lab for far too long. I’m allowed to make excuses. Oh and a quick side note: I sent in my dissertation outline to my committee yesterday – eeep! Here’s to hoping they don’t rake it over the coals, at least not just yet.

I brought these into work for the Pharmacy school potluck. Many people said these were too cute to eat and actually had to convince one labmate not to save it as decoration for her desk. I said things like “moldy green” and “smelly rotten milk products” to sway her. Besides, I thought they were too delicious NOT to eat! Although I’m not sure those prior descriptors are helping make your mouth water at the moment.

I was a little surprised to find out the Oreo cookies themselves weren’t gingerbread-y, just the filling. Despite this, the flavor was fantastic and exceptionally good mixed with the cream cheese. I originally thought of adding some spice to it but there was no need. Of course you can also make these with any flavor of Oreos you prefer.

One year ago: Jalapeno Cornbread

Two years ago: Bretzel Rolls
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Gingerbread Pancakes with Crumb Topping

Guess what time it is? Blog hop time!! This round the themes were peppermint, eggnog or gingerbread. Since I have recently become obsessed with all things gingerbread, that is where I reside for today. But I wanted to avoid cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc. because I am pretty sure that has already been extensively covered. Now gingerbread as pancakes? You don’t see that every day.

These were the thinnest pancakes I have ever made. But their thinness did not take away from their tastiness. And the crumbly topping enhanced the gingerbread flavor perfectly. Sometimes I feel like I actually know what I’m doing in the kitchen instead of just throwing things together that sound good :-P.

One year ago: Perfect Hamburger
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Pumpkin Kissed Gingerbread Brownies

Today is the first day of the Holiday Blog Hop that Erin @ Big Fat Baker organized! And today’s post is supposed to include one of these three things – pumpkin, apple or maple. Originally I was tempted to attempt working them all into something, but I am just feeling the pumpkin, even though I keep meaning to make apple-y things now that the weather has started to cool down (if only for a few days). And I FINALLY found apple cider. But I digress…

I don’t think I’ve ever had gingerbread outside of it’s cookie-man form. I also don’t think I’ve ever baked something gingerbread-y before Thanksgiving because I believe in celebrating one holiday before moving onto the next. But I justified this by adding pumpkin spice kisses. It’s the dessert to transition between the fall and winter holidays – the pumpkin from Halloween/Thanksgiving and gingerbread for Christmas. It makes me food-holiday happy!

The scoop of vanilla ice cream on top drizzled with more melted pumpkin spice kisses put me in pure bliss. I should’ve popped in the Fireplace bluray and lit a fireplace-scented candle to complete the mood (oh non-fireplace apartment living).

This would also work well with any other flavor of kisses. Look out for those Christmas ones to use later for a strictly Christmas-y dessert! Be sure to check out the other posts for today’s blog hop at the bottom of this post.


Makes 18 brownies


1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cups sugar

3/4 cups dark brown sugar

1/4 cups cocoa powder

2 tsp ground ginger

1-1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground clove

12 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup whole milk

1 large egg plus one yolk

1/4 cup boiling water

1-1/2 tsp baking soda

1-10 oz. bag pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped

2 Tbsp milk, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 9- by 13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Sift together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  3. Combine the butter, molasses, milk, egg, and yolk in a medium bowl. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup boiling water with the baking soda. Add the water to the batter and stir to combine.
  5. Line the prepared pan with 50 kisses, then pour the batter evenly over top of the kisses. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean – 25-30 minutes. Transfer brownies to a rack to cool.
  6. Optional: Place remaining kisses in double broiler with milk to melt.  Scoop ice cream on top of brownie and drizzle melted chocolate over ice cream and brownie, and serve.

Source: Adapted from Country Living and Picky Palate.

Chocolate Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

Gingerbread is a must every holiday, but I wanted to change things up a bit this year. A chocolate combination was something I had to try out for myself after seeing this recipe. Actually, I bought a double-sized roll of the gingerbread cookie dough – half for this and the other half for cut-out gingerbread snowflakes!

I ended up rolling the dough balls in the sugar instead of using the cup, because I was unable to get any sugar to transfer onto the cup. I don’t think I’ve ever managed to have that work for me in fact. I also didn’t flatten them out as much resulting in a bigger, softer cookie. Side they are quite sweet with the filling, a reduction may be required for any future preparations.


3 Tbsp sugar

1-16.5 oz roll Pillsbury refrigerated gingerbread cookies

1/4 cup baking cocoa

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla extract

3-4 tsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees. Place sugar in a small bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, break up the cookie dough, Mix in cocoa until well blended.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on silicone lined cookie sheets 2 inches apart, and press each flat, with smooth-bottomed glass.
  4. Bake 6-9 minutes. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks to allow to cool completely.
  5. Beat powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk until light and fluffy. Spread about 2 heaping teaspoons filling between bottoms of pairs of cooled cookies.

Source: Pillsbury

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