While ginger is an ingredient in many recipes, ginger desserts are where it really shines.
Ginger has this warm, spicy scent and flavor that has the magical ability to transport many of us back to our childhoods.
There’s just something about it that feels so special and soothing.
Not to sound too cheesy, but for me, smelling ginger baking in the oven is kind of like coming home.
That’s why this list of 20 ginger desserts puts a smile on my face.
So run, run as fast as you can to your kitchen, because whether you like cakes, muffins, cookies, or fudge, these ginger desserts have you covered.
1. Gingerbread Caramel Milkshake
I’m not sure who first added ginger to a milkshake, but that person deserves a medal because this gingerbread caramel milkshake is mouth-wateringly delicious.
This shake features three scoops of vanilla ice cream, three gingerbread cookies, whole milk, whipped cream, and plenty of caramel sauce for drizzling.
I like to throw in a bit of sea salt, as well.
2. Gingerbread Cake
Gingerbread cake is a soft, moist, spicy dessert that pairs well with coffee, milk, or tea.
It only takes about 35 minutes to make, and all you’ll need are molasses and basic baking ingredients.
If you want to add cream cheese frosting to the top, you’ll also need some cream cheese, vanilla extract, maple extract (or maple syrup), cream, confectioner’s sugar, and butter.
Throw a few cranberries on top to add a bit of tartness.
3. Gingerbread Latte
Lattes are always a great way to start the day, but they’re also good as after-dinner sweets.
The next time you whip one up, try following this recipe, adding ginger, cinnamon, sugar, and molasses.
4. Gingerbread House Chocolate Bark
You don’t have to be a candy architect to enjoy gingerbread house chocolate bark.
This Christmas bark is full of sweets and goodies, including gumdrops, M&Ms, mini-marshmallows, gingerbread cookies, and vanilla almond bark.
It may send you on a sugar high, but you’ll enjoy the rush.
5. White Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles
Making homemade truffles can be a challenge, but these are simple and take less than half an hour to prepare and about that long to chill.
So grab some cream cheese, gingersnaps, and vanilla extract, and get ready to enjoy some delicious, easy-to-make truffles.
Melted almond bark makes a great dipping sauce for them, as well.
6. Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
With a soft, warm consistency similar to oatmeal pies, these gingerbread molasses cookies taste great by themselves.
Once you stick that spiced cream cheese filling between two of them, they become out-of-this-world good. It’ll be hard to stop at just one!
7. Gingerbread Cheesecake Trifle
Trifle doesn’t take too long to make, but it needs to be refrigerated for about four hours before you can serve it.
Take that into account when deciding when to make it.
It has many layers of cream cheese, gingerbread cookies, whipped cream, and caramel.
Once it’s done, it’s stunning, especially if you have a little gingerbread man to stick on the top.
It’s indulgent, but it’ll be the most beautiful dessert on the table. Plus, it’s simply scrumptious.
8. Gingerbread Fudge
There’s nothing quite as decadent as homemade fudge, but we all love it, anyway.
Traditionally, we think of chocolate, peanut butter, and salted caramel when we think of fudge, but homemade gingerbread fudge is insanely good.
It’s sweet, spicy, rich, and creamy. If you want to do some decorating, you can, but either way, it’ll taste just as good.
9. Lemon Ginger Sorbet
Sorbet is always a popular dessert because it’s cool, light, and refreshing. It’s also simple and straightforward to make.
This lemon ginger sorbet is one part tangy, one party zesty, and one part sweet.
All you’ll need to make it is fresh ginger, lemon zest, water, sugar, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Using this recipe, you can make about two pints, which means you’ll have some to enjoy now, and plenty to freeze for later.
You could always share, but that’s not required.
10. Turmeric Ginger Honey No-Churn Ice Cream
Sorbet is phenomenal, but some people prefer the consistency – and dairy – of ice cream.
This ice cream requires some time to freeze, but you won’t need an ice cream maker to make it!
All you’ll need is a bowl and a handheld mixer.
The ice cream comes out a lovely golden color, and thanks to the ginger, turmeric, honey, cinnamon, and cardamom, it tastes incredibly fresh.
The recipe also calls for just a hint of chili powder and white pepper.
These enhance the ginger and give the whole dessert an exotic, tongue-tickling flavor that I love.
If you’re unsure, you can leave those out without sacrificing the ice cream’s overall yumminess.
11. Gingerbread Oatmeal Bars
These bars are dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan friendly, and they make the perfect holiday treat.
Luckily, you can also enjoy them any other time of the year.
They’re sweet enough to serve for dessert.
However, they have enough good stuff in them to work as fairly nutritious on-the-go breakfast options as well, especially if you throw in the optional chopped nuts and dried cranberries.
12. Ginger Cream Tart
This tasty treat has all kinds of fruity, gingery goodness and is relatively simple to make. You’ll need a tart pan with a removable bottom, though.
You can easily make the shell from sugar, butter, and ground-up shortbread cookies.
The ginger cream requires a few more ingredients, but it doesn’t take a lot of work either.
When it’s finished, top it with confectioners’ sugar and your favorite berries. You can eat it right away or chill it overnight for a light, cool treat.
13. Gingerbread Biscotti
If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, chances are, you’ll also like biscotti.
This biscotti is super crispy and has the perfect amount of spice thanks to the ginger, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon.
It’s a crunchy treat you won’t be able to get enough of, and it’ll take your morning coffee game up to a whole new level.
14. Crystallized Ginger
Oh my gosh. If you haven’t tried candied ginger, you need to stop everything and try it now.
You’ll need peeled and thinly sliced ginger, salt, and sugar.
You can eat it by itself like candy, or you can use it to garnish your other dishes and desserts.
Either way, it’s superb. As long as you store it in a cool, dark place, it’ll also stay fresh for months.
15. Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies
These gingerbread shortbread cookies with cranberries are another one of those ideal holiday treats you’ll want to make and enjoy year-round.
They have the perfect mix of sweetness and spice, and they’re so soft that they’ll literally melt in your mouth if you leave them there too long.
They’re also super easy to make. You’ll simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl, roll the mixture into a log, and freeze it. Then you’ll just slice and bake.
16. Ginger Poached Pears
I love fruit for one simple reason: If it’s fruit, I can claim it’s healthy, regardless of whatever else I throw on top of it.
So these ginger poached pears are 100% healthy.
They’re a great dessert if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to cakes, cookies, and ice cream.
The recipe calls for poached pears, honey, and Greek yogurt.
While they’re high in carbs, they have no fat and few calories compared to most traditional desserts.
I can’t talk about the best ginger desserts without mentioning gingersnaps.
Aside from gingerbread men, gingersnaps are probably the most famous ginger dessert there is.
This recipe will help you make the best gingersnap cookies possible.
They’re warm, have that signature ginger bite, and taste great when dipped in your favorite hot drink.
18. Gingerbread Men
While we’re on the subject of popular ginger desserts, let’s get gingerbread men out of the way, too.
I know these little guys are generally only seen around Christmastime, but the truth is, gingerbread men are so much fun to make.
If you have children, I suggest you make these a year-round treat.
Get together on all your special days and make Halloween gingerbread men with vampire teeth, Valentine’s gingerbread men with little Cupid’s bows, and even Easter bunny gingerbread men.
They’ll taste just as good on non-Christmas holidays, and the memories you make with your children will be worth every ounce of effort you put into these cookies.
19. Ginger Pear Puff Pastry Tart
This is one ginger dessert that looks like it takes a lot more effort to make than it actually does.
You can whip these up in no time, but they’re so lovely, people will think you toiled over them for hours.
They’re buttery, flaky, and more sweet than spicy. Even so, you’ll still get enough of that ginger kick to let you know it’s in there.
20. Apple Crisp with Ginger
We all know that apple pie is the American dessert, but this recipe could make a case for changing that to apple crisp instead.
It has all the sweet deliciousness of a regular apple crisp, but the ginger gives it another layer of flavor that somehow makes it feel even more warm, welcoming, and homey.
The crisp topping really sets this recipe apart. The filling is warm and delightful, but that crispy topping is where it’s at.
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