Gingerbread no longer means just man-shaped biscuits and snowy houses! Theres so many tasty treats on offer, like baked goods, sweet treats, drinks and condiments. We've gathered our best gingerbread recipes for the autumn and winter seasons to get you in the festive mood. You'll be sure to find some new favourites amongst our selection, with punchy and sweet flavours to make the season that extra warm and cosy. Treat your friends and family or plan a craft baking afternoon with the kids!


If you're after more of this special flavour, head to our gingerbread collection and our gingerbread house collection also has great inspiration.

Our best ever gingerbread recipes

Ultimate easy gingerbread

Iced gingerbread stars on a plate and cooling rack

Looking for a foolproof gingerbread recipe? This simple spiced dough is super easy to make and extremely forgiving if it's overworked, so makes the perfect recipe for beginners. It's also egg-free, so not hazardous if little ones eat the raw dough. Our ultimate easy gingerbread can be fashioned into classic gingerbread men or you could get adventurous with stars, trees, candy canes, or even iced gingerbread jumpers. See our review of the best Christmas cookie cutters for lots of fun shape ideas.

For free-from options, try our gluten free gingerbread and vegan gingerbread.

Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies on rack

Crisp on the outside and deliciously soft and chewy on the inside, these gingerbread cookies will disappear in a flash. Fill your biscuit tin with these moreish bites, perfect for enjoying with an afternoon cup of tea. You're just two simple steps away from cookie heaven.

Gingerbread hot chocolate

Two mugs of gingerbread hot chocolate topped with cream

Give hot chocolate a special festive flourish by adding warming cloves, ginger and cinnamon spices plus a hint of orange zest. We've used pure dark chocolate and double cream to make this luxuriously silky drink - it's Christmas, so why not treat yourself! Top off your gingerbread hot chocolate with a generous dollop of whipped cream and cute mini gingerbread men. For more warming and soothing drinks, try out other recipes in our hot chocolate collection. It includes flavours like salted caramel, peppermint, coconut, hazelnut, chilli and orange.

Gingerbread pancakes

gingerbread pancakes

Enjoy everyone's favourite gingerbread flavours in an easy brunch treat. Our gingerbread pancakes are lightly spiced with ginger and cinnamon, and topped with maple syrup and sweet chopped dates. The family will go flippin' crazy for a stack of these pillowy pancakes. For more festive treats, check out our Christmas breakfast recipes.

Chocolate gingerbread cake

chocolate gingerbread cake

Perfect for the colder months, this Polish inspired chocolate gingerbread cake has a delicious spiced flavour, with nuggets of walnut and almond pieces throughout, topped with a rich chocolate glaze and candied orange. This would be great for afternoon teas and family gatherings; it'll go down a storm! There are also many loaf cake recipes in our collection, from fruit cakes, chocolate cakes and more.

Gingerbread house

simple gingerbread house

The image of a gingerbread house immediately conjures up Christmas cheer. Get the whole family involved with decorating the house, piping icing and creating a wintry scene. Our simple gingerbread house is the perfect way to get your kitchen ready for Christmas. You can even try a cottage version, a birdhouse or our mini gingerbread houses so everyone can put their own stamp on their bake.

Gingerbread syrup

gingerbread syrup in a bottle amongst red ribbon

A versatile festive condiment for drinks and desserts, this gingerbread syrup would also make a lovely homemade gift. Made of three simple store cupboard ingredients, with extra added optional sparkle from the edible glitter. Add a touch of magic to someone's day! We've got a sugar syrup recipe, mulling syrup and a gingerbread syrup to lighten up your autumn and winter food creations.

Oaty plum gingerbread slice

oaty plum gingerbread slice

Use your glut of autumn plums in this gorgeous oaty gingerbread slice traybake. The tastiest balance of sweet and spice with the ginger, sticky golden syrup and a oaty, nutty goodness. This treat will prove a winner with friends and family and is very easy to make, perfect for afternoon tea or after dinner dessert with warm custard or ice cream. For this fruit as the star of the show, check out our plum recipes collection.

Gingerbread cake with caramel biscuit icing

gingerbread cake with caramel biscuit icing

Why not pair crisp ginger biscuits with a super soft and squidgy spiced cake? Our gingerbread cake with caramel biscuit icing is a very special showstopper, complete with coconut 'snow' and creamy icing. Or, you could try this sticky, honeyed Polish gingerbread cake with plum jam and chocolate. Short on time? Whip up our simple gingerbread loaf cake for a delicious afternoon tea treat.

Gingerbread decorations

gingerbread wreath with gingerbread angels stars and snowflakes

Edible tree decorations, wreaths, advent calendars and place names are all ways to put your own personal touch on your festive treats. Try stringing up our gingerbread bunting and munch them over the festive season. You can also turn your biscuits into an edible Christmas wreath to keep for yourself or give as a homemade gift.

Gingerbread bûche de Noël

gingerbread buche de noel

Give this classic Christmas bake a revamp with festive spices, literally meaning 'Christmas log.' Packed full of ginger, cinnamon, treacle and buttercream icing, this Bûche de Noël deserves pride of place on your festive table. It's roll galore with these yule log recipes!

Chocolate gingerbread brownie bars with fudgy icing

chocolate gingerbread brownie

If you're looking for a party-friendly traybake that can be sliced and plated up easily, our chocolate gingerbread brownie bars are a luxurious option. This flourless sponge is rich and light in equal measure and the fudgy icing is hard to resist. We have more chocolate traybakes and ginger cake recipes to delight everyone with.

Vegan gingerbread cookies

vegan gingerbread biscuits

With this egg-free and dairy-free recipe for vegan gingerbread cookies, there are no limits to your baking! Make big batches for Christmas as an alternative to classic butter gingerbread. These are also very simple to make and would serve as a great activity for the kids on a rainy day. Check out our best ever vegan biscuits guide for more inspiration.

Self-saucing sticky gingerbread pudding

self-saucing sticky gingerbread pudding

A twist on the classic sticky toffee pudding, this self-saucing gingerbread pudding is so comforting, perfectly spiced and the ultimate pud to settle down with on a winters night. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and even add some of your gingerbread syrup! For more like this, look through our collection of self-saucing pudding recipes, which are equally as delicious and comforting.

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