There will be hundreds of mouthwatering gingerbread recipes in the form of cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and even houses, adorning tables everywhere in December. Christmas brings out all the gingerbread desserts, though I like it all year long.
Last week I was in Germany on a Viking River Cruise and had real gingerbread for the first time in my life. Of course, I’ve had what we in the US call gingerbread, but it is not the same.
Those yummy little gingerbread men we’ve grown up with? There is truly no comparison. Don’t get me wrong; I really have never met a gingerbread I didn’t like.
I’m a ginger fan. I love ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger in Chinese food and sushi. Fresh ginger is so easy to add to all kinds of dishes, and you can buy it in just about every grocery store.
Though ginger root originated in Asia, according to the Smithsonian, gingerbread may have actually been introduced to Western Europe by crusaders back in the 11th century who were returning from the Eastern Mediterranean.
In medieval Europe, gingerbread was a popular treat at festivals, but in shapes like animals, birds, even armor, but not the little gingerbread men we all know and love.
The gingerbread I had in Nuremberg is actually called Lebkuchen, and it is absolutely delightful. And yes, I brought some home! If you go to Nuremberg, be sure to buy your gingerbread at the market in the square near Schöner Brunnen, the Beautiful Fountain, not at a dessert shop, where it can be much more expensive.
For now, I have 13 pretty amazing recipes from some of the top bloggers in the business. I haven’t tried all these variations yet, but Gingerbread Cream Liquor? I’m in!
And I know my friend Chrysa at Thrifty Jinxy is a wonderful cook, so can’t wait to try her Ultimate Gingerbread Cupcakes. I just pinned them to my Cupcake Crazy Board on Pinterest!
Mouthwatering Gingerbread Recipes
You may also find your new favorite dessert in this roundup of Christmas desserts.