If your anything like me, then you’ve been waiting for this time of year. It is my absolute favorite. All of the friends, family, feelings, and food. I live for the pumpkin, peppermint, pecans, spices, and….GINGERBREAD!!! I especially like the Starbucks twist on this classic holiday flavor. But with all that comes with the holiday season it can get a little pricey to indulge. I have found that making my own gingerbread creations are just as satisfying. Try some of my favorite gingerbread recipes this holiday season:
Homemade Old-Fashioned Gingerbread
Gingerbread mixes are a great option when your short on time. As a grad student, I need all the quick fixes I can get without compromising the quality taste I desire.
Using the Betty Crocker gingerbread cake and cookie mix is a great starting point. Substitute the oil for real butter*, water for milk**, add an extra egg***. I recommend adding an additional tablespoon of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, a splash of molasses for your taste is optional, and about a cup of sugar.
*Butter substitutes: applesauce is one of my favorite butter substitutes, especially for cake-like recipes. It creates a denser moister bread.
**Milk substitutes: I typically use coconut milk, but any non-dairy milk alternative will do just the same.
***Egg substitutes: I like to use bananas in place of eggs (¼ of a banana = 1 egg). However, this can cause a slight banana taste in whatever your making so account for that if not desired when adding flavoring.
Homemade Gingerbread Coffee Creamer
1 can of coconut milk
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground clove
1 pinch ground allspice
Mix all ingredients and heat in a saucepan over medium heat, slowly whisking to allow all spices to combine. Store left-over creamer in refrigerator for about a week. Add sugar to taste for each cup of coffee.
– Enjoy these gingerbread treats to kick off the holiday season!