'gingerbread' on Serious Eats

Cakespy: Gingerbread Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars are one of the world's most perfect foods: a three layer no-bake cookie with a chocolate crumb base, a creamy custard middle section, and a firm chocolate topping. This version is dressed up for the holidays with a gingerbread base and a "blonde" white chocolate topping. More

Gingerbread Nanaimo Bars

This version of the Nanaimo bar is dressed up for the holidays with a gingerbread base and a "blonde" white chocolate topping. The spicy gingerbread works superbly with the classic Nanaimo bar filling, which is made with Bird's custard powder, an ingredient which can typically be found in the International aisle of grocery stores (with the British imports). These bars are very sweet, very rich, and very perfect for holiday parties or cookie exchanges. If you feel like overdoing it in a very pleasurable way, go ahead and pair them with eggnog. More

Spice Hunting: Make Your Own Holiday Spice Blends

During the holiday season there's a lot of edible DIY going on. Cookies are baked, jams are jarred, fruits are boozed up for rumtopf and fruitcake. Some may be gifts, some excuses to treat ourselves during a festive time of year. If you're looking for an easy, rewarding food project but can't stomach the thought of more sugar cookies, you may want to consider mixing up your own spice blends for the holidays. More

Gingerbread Spice Mix

Gingerbread spices are endlessly customizable. This version balances warm, spicy flavors against cool, citrus-y ones, and has a cool finish of cardamom, anise, and black pepper. Unless you have a very good source for ground ginger, you're best grinding your own from whole dried versions. A microplane makes a quick job of them. More

Leckerlee's Lebkuchen, the German Gingerbread Treat in a Festive Tin

What can I say, I'm a sucker for mildly hard-to-pronounce German sweets (see pfeffernüsse and zimtsterne), especially when they come in a holiday tin. Lebkuchen can be added to the aforementioned list. But if you don't have a sweet German grandma baking them for you (sadly, I don't) then it can be pretty absent from your life. Thankfully the NYC-based Leckerlee is making these traditional German gingerbread sweets, which originated in the Bavarian town of Nuremberg way back in the Middle Ages. More

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