Spice of Life: Our Favorite Ginger Desserts

We applaud the first person who thought that a spicy, alien looking root would be the perfect ingredient for a sweet treat. That curiosity has paid off in spades, with ginger popping up in cookies, cakes, chocolate, and generally anything that hits our sweet tooth just right. Give into your cravings with these glorious ginger desserts.

Ginger-Molasses Cookies

For a Southern twist on the classic holiday cookie, try adding some molasses to your next batch! Molasses simultaneously sweetens and softens your cookie, creating a chewy, succulent finished product that’s night and day from gingersnaps! Serve atop a vanilla milkshake and let your customers slip into their food comas.

Ginger Ice Cream

A bit more savory than you may expect, ginger ice cream has an underlying heat that works surprisingly well. Similar to other ginger desserts on this list, lean into the fall spices on this one; cinnamon and clove complement the subtle woody sweetness that you’ll find in fresh ginger. If you want to take things the extra mile, try adding candied ginger pieces into the ice cream!

Pear and Ginger Pie

This dessert is so “fall” that it hurts. Not only does it combine one of the ultimate fall fruits with fresh ginger but it adds spices and a bit of citrus for a complex flavor profile. Whatever you do, don’t forget the latticed top!


We couldn’t make a list about ginger desserts without mentioning this holiday heavyweight. When you cook with fresh ginger, plain old gingerbread can transform into a bona-fide hit. Make sure to generously season with winter spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to create a tradition-worthy winter treat.

Gingerbread Bûche de Noël

Translated as “yule log,” the Bûche de Noël is synonymous with Christmas. We like to bring a bit of ginger into the mix by adding some cinnamon and freshly grated ginger into the batter. To ensure that your Bûche de Noël stays moist, add a dash of vegetable oil into you chocolate mixture.

  • Pro Tip: Dust with powdered sugar for an extra dose of sweetness.

Ginger Sandwich Cookies

If you’re cooking with younger eaters in mind or simply have nostalgia for lunchbox desserts, ginger sandwich cookies are a great option. Slightly healthier than other cookies but no less delicious, ginger sandwich cookies have a cream cheese frosting that keeps them soft and sweet. Be sure to keep your cookies small to keep the structural integrity of the dessert!