Gingerbread Two Ways
Gingerbread Two Ways: Gingerbread Meringues with a crisp outside and soft chewy centers and moist, spiced Gingerbread Cookie Bars with a sweet cream cheese icing!
TWO AMAZING WAYS TO ENJOY HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD
What’s better than one classic gingerbread dessert? Two amazing gingerbread desserts: Gingerbread Meringues and Gingerbread Cookie Bars!
This Christmas season, I’ve teamed up with McCormick to bring you these easy, fun gingerbread dessert recipes to show that two recipes are ‘Twice as Nice’ with double the flavor!
The Gingerbread Meringues are light and crisp cookies with a slightly chewy center and loaded with gingerbread flavor.
The Gingerbread Cookie Bars are perfectly moist and chewy with a generous, festive cream cheese frosting on top.
Everyone always has a favorite gingerbread cookie recipe — mine are Gingerdoodles, but it’s also nice to add something new to the dessert table each year and these two recipes are giving Gingerdoodles a run for their money.
These “twice as nice” gingerbread recipes pair perfectly to share a plate together and let their Gingerbread flavor shine.
Gingerbread is one of those quintessential flavors and aromas that bring the holidays to life during the Christmas season.
It is a flavor that my family makes over and over again during the month of December and we miss desperately the rest of the year!
McCormick Gingerbread Spice is a non-GMO, aromatic blend of ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
It’s so much easier and cost-effective to only have to buy one little jar that is already perfectly mixed and ready to go!
HOW TO MAKE GINGERBREAD MERINGUES
These Gingerbread Meringues are very easy to make and only use a handful of ingredients.
Whip your egg whites into stiff peaks, add your spices and then pipe them into kisses with a large closed star tip.
Sprinkle on some festive red and green sprinkles and into the oven they go!
We bake them for about 35 minutes at 275°F, just until the outsides are nice and crisp and the insides are still a little chewy.
HOW TO MAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE BARS
The Gingerbread Cookie Bars require a little more work, but boy are they worth it!
The base for the cookie bars is loaded with brown sugar, molasses and McCormick Gingerbread Spice.
The bars are moist and chewy and have the perfect texture when combined with the fluffy cream cheese frosting on top.
You can dye the frosting any color with McCormick Assorted Food Colors or leave it white and just add festive Christmas sprinkles.
It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite between these Gingerbread Meringues and Gingerbread Cookie Bars.
However, I am excited for you to try both and report back which one you think is the better gingerbread flavored treat!
Nutrition Information: Yield: 42 meringue cookies Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Cream cheese frosting:
Nutrition Information: Yield: 15 bars Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 459 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 63mg Sodium: 267mg Carbohydrates: 80g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 65g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g