It’s impossible to snuggle up to an episode of The Big Bake: Holiday and not crave a tasty little snack. After all, the larger-than-life concoctions the bakers whip up aren’t just impressive—they’re downright drool-worthy.
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Luckily, we’ve got a collection of ginger and gingerbread recipes that are perfect for snacking on while watching these competitors do their thing. Not only that, but you can also share some of these warm and spiced ginger treats with friends and family to ring in the holiday season. And isn’t that what holiday baking is truly about?
From cookies to cakes and even hot chocolate, read on for 10 of our favourite ginger and gingerbread recipes—just in time for The Big Bake: Holiday.
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Ginger Molasses Cookies
Ginger and molasses is the ultimate holiday combination while setting up the Christmas tree or heading out for a wintery hike on the trails. These cookies are warm and comforting yet sweet enough to feel like a real treat when you bite into one after a chilly dash outside.
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Gingerbread Bundt Cake
Whether you’re looking for an impressive dessert or a festive cake for brunch, Anna Olson’s Gingerbread Bundt Cake is full of warm and comforting holiday flavours. Your kitchen will smell festive and fresh thanks to the three types of ginger featured in this recipe, plus any helpers will love licking the brown butter glaze bowl.
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Whether you’re having a games night, snuggling in for a holiday movie marathon or looking for something yummy to take on a holiday lights walk through the neighbourhood, hot chocolate is where it’s at. This gingerbread hot chocolate is next-level festive, as it combines ginger, molasses, cinnamon and a few other yummy flavours to make it holiday appropriate. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
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Chewy Ginger Eggnog Sandwich Cookies
If ice cream sandwiches are a summer staple, we’re going to call it that these ginger eggnog sandwiches are the must-have winter treat. The genius recipe pairs warm and spicy ginger cookies with creamy eggnog, melding two classic holiday flavours together for one of the season’s most memorable sandwich cookies.
Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
If you’re a vegan who’s looking for some yummy gingerbread treats, we’ve got you covered. No fancy ingredients here, either. Almond butter is the secret weapon that gives this cookie dough an unexpected boost, especially when paired with that familiar ginger-molasses combo we all know and love.
Gingerbread Cupcakes with Orange Icing
Ginger and orange is another one of those indisputable ingredient combos that’s reminiscent of the holidays. After all, how many kids out there find oranges in their stockings on Christmas morning? Here, Ina Garten elevates gingerbread cupcakes with a creamy orange-zest frosting, which means you can snack on the rest of the orange while you wait for these tasty morsels to bake up in the oven.
Pull-Apart Gingerbread Man
If you’re looking for a fun family activity or something impressive to anchor a holiday dessert table, this gingerbread man alternative is ridiculously cute. All you need to do is grab mini cupcakes and a bunch of themed toppings, then whip up the ginger-molasses frosting. Throw it all together, and voila! You’ve captured the spirit of the holidays in pull-apart cupcake form.
Pumpkin Roulade with Ginger Buttercream
If you’ve ever made a traditional jelly roll then you’re probably already familiar with how this holiday iteration from Ina Garten comes together. In this recipe, Ina uses ginger- and cinnamon-spice cake and swaps jelly for a sweet creamy filling that’s beautiful and delicious. It’s an easy dessert to make ahead for holiday potlucks or dinners, plus it travels well—just cut and serve when you’re ready to eat!
If you love Ina Garten’s shortbread cookies, you’ll probably swoon over the ginger edition, which features crystalized minced ginger for an extra unique bite. This recipe has six (just six!) ingredients total, making it an easy one to bring to a baking date or a family hangout in the kitchen.
Pumpkin Pie Squares With Candied Pecans
Why should we relegate pumpkin pie to the fall, especially when it’s got a ginger snap cookie crust to give it that extra hint of the holidays? These squares are great for any pot lucks or office parties heading into the holiday break. They’re pretty, impressive and they have just the right amount of that sweet, sweet ginger spice.