Fresh Ideas for Gingerbread

This holiday favorite isn't just for gingerbread houses. Every stunning dessert here takes traditional gingerbread desserts to the next level.


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Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread
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Upside-Down Pear Gingerbread

    Serve this gorgeous cake at a holiday open house or winter dinner party. For best results, choose pears that have just begun to ripen.

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Striped Ginger Cookies

    These pretty cookies get their stripes from a combination of sugar cookie and gingerbread dough. They're so simple to make that kids as young as 5 can help out.

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Marbled Gingerbread

    This morning variation of an old-time favorite includes fresh ginger and a velvety cream cheese swirl. For an extra pretty touch, top it with poached pears.

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Chocolate Gingerbread Drops

    A Christmas favorite -- gingerbread -- puts a festive spin on classic chocolate chunk cookies. Dried cherries add a tart twist.

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Gingerbread Tumble

    Moist gingerbread cake, creamy vanilla ice cream, and fresh pears drizzled with a warm cinnamon sauce make an ultimate comfort dessert. Make it ahead and freeze it overnight.

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Gingerbread Pear Muffins

    These moist, cinnamon-spiced muffins make an ideal brunch dessert. Each one is topped with creamy chocolate and a pear slice.

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Glazed Gingerbread Cake

    Fluted round cakes are a baker's dream -- they're pretty the minute they come out of the pan. Just add a drizzle of icing and a sprinkle of crystallized ginger, and this sweet will sizzle.

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

    The crackly tops and flavor of these moist cupcakes will remind you of gingersnap cookies.

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Gingerbread Tree Cookies with Glazed Pears

    Pear and ginger are classic partners, and this dessert features a delightful melange of flavors and, textures.

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Gingerbread-Pear Dessert

    A crisp gingerbread crust is topped with a rich cream cheese-based topping. Raspberry preserves add a tart twist. Pear slices make a beautiful (and tasty) garnish.

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

    Pumpkin adds a fresh twist to classic gingerbread. Top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream before serving. Orange peel adds a festive touch.

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Pumpkin Gingerbread Pie

    This rich and creamy holiday pie combines two classic favorites -- pumpkin and gingerbread -- and you can make it ahead. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream before serving.

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