35 Best Gingerbread Cookies to Spice up Your Christmas Dessert Spread

Treat your loved ones to a batch of these classic holiday cookies.

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Sweet, spiced, and everything nice, every single one of these gingerbread cookies deserves to be baked this December. To go along with your children's gingerbread house, have them help you whip up a new gingerbread cookie recipe. If you're headed to a cookie exchange this holiday season, any one of these batches would go well with the rest of your Christmas cookies. (The cinnamon and ginger notes will balance out all the super sweet sugar cookie recipes.) Yes, there are classic gingerbread cookies on this list, but there are plenty of new gingerbread recipes featuring innovative flavors that you absolutely must try this year. The gingerbread Linzer cookies with dulce de leche centers, gingerbread cookie bars with white chocolate chips, and Nutella stuffed gingerbread cookies are some of the most incredible options on this roundup. There are also quite a few recipes featuring chocolate that everyone in your family will love—and probably polish right off. Some of our absolute favorites are the white chocolate gingerbread star cookies, chocolate chip gingerbread oatmeal cookies, and soft chocolate gingerbread cookies. Everyone will be feeling the holiday cheer when you're baking up batches of these beloved Christmas desserts.

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Baker by Nature
Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

Have your kids help out decorating these soft, chewy cookies. They'll especially love the tiny gingerbread men sprinkles.

Get the recipe at Baker by Nature.

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Sally's Baking Addiction
Gingerbread Cookies

There's nothing like the classic version. This blogger writes that her recipe produces cookies that are crispy on the outside and soft in the inside, which is exactly how we like them.

Get the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

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Cooking Classy
White Chocolate Gingerbread Star Cookies

White chocolate adds a sweet note to the spiced flavors in this treat. Feel free to add as much or as little as you'd like.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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Broma Bakery
Gingerbread Linzer Cookies With Dulce de Leche Centers

A homemade dulce de leche filling makes this dessert downright decadent. Each cookie is just oozing with ooey, gooey goodness.

Get the recipe at Broma Bakery.

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SugarHero!
Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chocoholics will polish off a plate of these goodies in no time. The recipe is made with cocoa powder and each cookie is adorned with a chocolate star.

Get the recipe at SugarHero!.

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Gimme Some Oven
Gingerbread Cookies

This classic, no-fail recipe will make perfect gingerbread cookies every single time.

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

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Wholefully
Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

These addicting goodies have a secret savory ingredient: black pepper!

Get the recipe at Wholefully.

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Celebrating Sweets
Gingerbread Cookie Bars with White Chocolate Chips

These blondie-like bars only take 30 minutes to make.

Get the recipe at Celebrating Sweets.

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Kristine's Kitchen
Favorite Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

A healthier holiday dessert that doesn't lack flavor? We'll be making these all December long.

Get the recipe at Kristine's Kitchen.

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Swanky Recipes
Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

Baking thumbprint cookies is a must at Christmastime—especially when they're filled with spiced white chocolate.

Get the recipe at Swanky Recipes.

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Baker by Nature
Brown Butter Gingerbread Men

Kids will have a blast in the kitchen decorating these colorful edible characters.

Get the recipe at Baker by Nature.

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The Food Charlatan
Nutella Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies

Nothing makes a dessert melt in your mouth quite like a spoonful of Nutella in the middle.

Get the recipe at The Food Charlatan.

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Bless This Mess
Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Use a variety of cookie cutters and decorations to customize this recipe to your family's festive likings.

Get the recipe at Bless This Mess.

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Courtesy of Carlsbad Cravings
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies

These cookie sandwiches would make an adorable Christmas hostess gift. Just wrap a few in a cute gift bag and tie with ribbon.

Get the recipe at Carlsbad Cravings.

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Courtesy of Pickles & Honey
Gingerbread Snowflakes

Instead of baking gingerbread people, decorate pretty gingerbread snowflakes.

Get the recipe at Pickles & Honey.

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Courtesy of Whole and Heavenly
Gingerbread Cookie Bars

For a fun finishing touch, drizzle these gingerbread dessert bars with melted white chocolate.

Get the recipe at Whole and Heavenly.

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Courtesy of Flour Arrangements
Gingerbread-Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

Tart raspberry filling is a surprising (albeit delicious) match for these spiced cookies.

Get the recipe at Flour Arrangements.

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courtesy of viand nutrition
Raw Gingerbread Cookies

Try this healthier alternative to the traditional gingerbread cookie recipe.

Get the recipe at Viand Nutrition.

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Courtesy of Belle Vie
Caramel Stuffed Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Imagine sinking your teeth into soft, spiced dough filled with the rich taste of gooey caramel. Yeah, our mouths are watering too.

Get the recipe at Belle Vie.

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Courtesy of Amy's Healthy Baking
Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Oatmeal Cookies

Instant oats and whole wheat flower make for the thick base. Add spices, molasses, maple syrup, and chocolate chips for a healthier, yummy way to enjoy gingerbread.

Get the recipe at Amy's Healthy Baking.

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Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven
Ginger Molasses Cookies

Rolled in sugar before baking for 8 to 10 minutes, these cookies are the chewiest and tastiest ones around.

Get the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

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Courtesy of Country Cleaver
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Bored of the traditional? Just add chocolate and pearl sugar, and bake to perfection.

Get the recipe at Country Cleaver.

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Courtesy of Dessert For Two
Orange-Spiced Gingerbread Cookies

These orange-flavored, sweet treats feature a cranberry glaze that's lip-smacking good.

Get the recipe at Dessert For Two.

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Courtesy of Skinnytaste
Gingerbread Cookie Trees

Decorated with festive frosting and dusted with sprinkles, these trees are fun and delicious for the whole family.

Get the recipe at Skinnytaste.

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Courtesy of Cooking Classy
Classic Gingerbread Cookies

There's nothing you can't do with some cookie cutters and icing. These are sure to please your guests this holiday season.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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Courtesy of Handle The Heat
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

With cocoa powder and chocolate chunks in the batter, these are double the delicious.

Get the recipe at Handle The Heat.

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Courtesy of Something Swanky
Gingerbread Bark

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better. These beauties make a great addition to your holiday dessert table.

Get the recipe at Something Swanky.

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courtesy of If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen
Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies

To get the cracked exterior, roll dough in granulated sugar, then powered sugar before baking. It's a gingerbread overload you'll be obsessing over long after Christmas time.

Get the recipe at If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen.

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courtesy of raw manda
Gingerbread Cookie Bites

Everyone knows that the best part of baking is sneaking some of the cookie dough from the mixing bowl. With ingredients like pitted dates, almond meal, oats, ginger, and sugar, this recipe is safe to eat and super tasty.

Get the recipe at Raw Manda.

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Courtesy of Creative Juice
Gingerbread Cookie Cups

Filled with warm caramel and topped with white chocolate mousse and more caramel drizzle, these cuties are absolutely divine.

Get the recipe at Creative Juice.

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