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It wouldn't be Christmas without a pinch of ginger. We've compiled our finest gingerbread cakes, biscuits and cocktails to give your festive season some spice.

Every Christmas home needs a tin full of biscuits, a sweet centrepiece and a decoration or two. So this year, why not go beyond biscuits and take your gingerbread to the next level? Start off with our easy gingerbread recipe, then get baking cakes, mixing cocktails and rolling roulades full of zingy ginger and seasonal spices.

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Try our best ever gingerbread recipes for more festive treats you can make in a flash.

Our best ever gingerbread recipes

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Gingerbread pancakes

Gingerbread pancakes on plate

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.

5. Gingerbread latte

Gingerbread latte with cream and biscuits

Warm up with a mugful of our aromatic gingerbread latte. This comforting and creamy drink is filled with seasonal spice and topped off with plenty of whipped cream. Enjoy with or without a shot of espresso for an extra coffee kick.

6. Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house with sweets

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.

7. Gingerbread bellini

gingerbread-bellini

Capture a taste of the season in our gingerbread bellini and treat your friends to a festive version of this classic prosecco cocktail. If you want to bottle that unmistakable warmth to make a mixer, try our gingerbread syrup. It's a fun homemade gift and is just as good in drinks as it is on desserts.

8. Gingerbread train

Gingerbread train filled with sweets

Jump aboard the gingerbread express! For a festive holiday project which goes beyond the standard gingerbread house, these sweet-filled carriages are the ultimate challenge. Follow the simple template in our gingerbread train recipe to make the individual parts, before baking, compiling and icing your transport centrepiece. It makes a great vessel for storing Christmas treats too.

9. Gingerbread cake

Gingerbread cake with biscuits

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.

10. Gingerbread decorations

Gingerbread wreath

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.

11. Gingerbread roulade

Gingerbread Bûche de Noël on plate

Give this classic Christmas bake a revamp with festive spices. Packed full of ginger, cinnamon, treacle and buttercream icing, this Bûche de Noël deserves pride of place on your festive table.

12. Gingerbread traybake

A tray of gingerbread brownies

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.

Gingerbread masterclass

Want to know how to make the best dough? Looking for tips to perfect your decorating? Help is at hand. Join our online masterclass – How to Make a Gingerbread House – on Friday 11 December at 4pm (GMT), to learn everything you need to know about making a magical gingerbread house.

To book your place on our How to Make a Gingerbread House costs just £14. If you book your place before the 3 December you can use the discount code EARLYBIRDIE123 and pay £12.

Once purchased, you’ll receive a link to the webinar and an email reminder the day before the class.

Book your place now

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