Homemade Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

gingerbread coffee creamer recipe

I’m definitely on a gingerbread kick this holiday. Last year I was all about pumpkin all the way through December, but this year I am loving the rich, full flavor of gingery, molasses-y gingerbread! I’m usually a black coffee drinker, but for some reason when I see snow on the ground, I’m ready to add some sweet, creamy coffee creamer to my morning cup every single day. It puts me in a holiday mood! I made this gingerbread coffee creamer last weekend and I only use a few teaspoons in my coffee and it gives it a rich, spicy flavor that I crave during December.

Gingerbread Coffee Creamer Recipe

1 cup half and half or heavy cream
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon molasses
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch all spice
1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional)

Get your cream into a mason jar to the 1-cup line.

coffee cream

Add in your molasses and sugar and spices.

gingerbread spices

Give it a really good shake until you see the molasses disappear and the color of the cream turn a nice light, caramel color.

gingerbread coffee creamer

gingerbread coffee cream

And that’s it! You’re ready to pour this into a hot cup of coffee and get your festive on!

homemade gingerbread coffee creamer

What is your favorite coffee cream flavor?

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5 Holiday Side Dishes for Christmas Dinner

creamy garlic parmesan shells

I mentioned that I hosted my first Thanksgiving this year, with a lot of help from my mom. I won’t be hosting Christmas dinner as we’re making our rounds with the families in Michigan and will be spoiled rotten with all the good food being cooked for us. But, I did start planning a Christmas meal in my head and thinking about what sides I’d serve if I were planning dinner. I think these are some of the most versatile and easy side dishes and I will be keeping them in my back pocket for the next holiday dinner I host!

Rosemary Garlic Drop Biscuits

rosemary garlic drop biscuits
These are not your average dinner rolls. I love biscuits as sides probably more than rolls and these little babies are filled with cheese and slathered in a garlic butter sauce. I don’t think I need to say anything else about them! With the chopped rosemary in the dough and the butter, these go really well with an oven roasted turkey.

Creamy Garlic Shells

creamy garlic parmesan pasta
My favorite thing about this side dish is that it can be made in one pan. Cook the pasta and drain. Then, in the same pan you’ll make a creamy, garlicky, Parmesan sauce that you’ll want to drink with a straw. I love any cheesy pasta side with prime rib or ham!

Brown Sugar Glazed Oven Roasted Carrots

brown sugar glazed carrots
Carrots are so underrated. I don’t cook them nearly enough, but I remember loving them when I was growing up because my parents would drench them in butter and brown sugar. Now I do the same thing, but I bake mine so that the brown sugar forms a nice sweet crust on the carrot. These go with literally any holiday main course you can think of!

Homemade Green Bean Casserole

homemade green bean casserole
This is probably my favorite classic side dish for the holidays. My husband won’t do canned green beans and since I’m also a fan of fresh, I make this fresh green bean casserole with homemade gravy and lots of sliced mushrooms. I made a fresh and canned version for Thanksgiving and I think I’ll be doing the same for years to come!

Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes

loaded au gratin potatoes
This is a decadent side dish that could almost be served as a standalone meal. I said almost! What good are holidays if you can’t overindulge and eat so much more than you should? These are great with ham or roasted chicken. Feel free to omit the bacon if you feel that it clashes with the meat you’re serving. But let’s be honest. Does bacon clash with anything?

I hope you’re cooking up some major treats for your families this year! What is your absolute favorite side dish for the holidays?

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Gingerbread Cobbler

gingerbread cobbler recipe

I can’t believe there are only 9 days until Christmas! We finally got some snow here in PA and it’s making me feel very festive. I made this tasty holiday dessert this past weekend, but unfortunately I was down with a stomach bug the past few days and haven’t even been able to look at pictures of food. But now that my appetite is back, I’m so excited to share this Gingerbread Cobbler with you!

Gingerbread Cobbler Recipe

1 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar + 1/2 additional cup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup eggnog (or whole milk if you prefer)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pecan halves
1-1/2 cups boiling water

Pre-heat your oven to 350-degrees and grease a 8×8 or 9×9 square baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, salt, 3/4 cup white sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.

gingerbread cobbler dry ingredients

In a second, smaller bowl, stir together your eggnog, veggie oil, molasses, and vanilla extract. *Quick tip: measure your oil first and then measure your molasses in the same measuring cup so that it slides out nice and easy!

gingerbread cobbler wet ingredients

In one more bowl, mix together the additional 1/2 cup white sugar, the 1/2 cup brown sugar and your pecan halves. Set aside.

pecan cobbler topping

Before you start mixing everything together, get 1 and 1/2 cups of water boiling on the stove. You’ll need this at the very end.

Now you can take your molasses mixture and pour it over the dry ingredients. Mix until it just comes together and then spread it into your greased baking dish.

gingerbread batter

Sprinkle the sugar and pecan mixture over the top of the batter.

cobbler topping

Next, very carefully, pour your boiling water over the top of everything. It will look like this.

pecan cobbler

And you’re ready to bake! Bake in a 350-degree oven for 40-50 minutes until everything looks set on top. The center will almost look dry like brownies.

baked gingerbread cobbler

Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then you’re ready to dig in! You’ll have a nice firm top and outside of the cobbler, but the inside will be nice and gooey and sweet!

gingerbread-cobbler

Top it with a little vanilla ice cream and eat it while it’s still warm. I promise you will love this one!

gingerbread cobbler dessert

gingerbread cobbler with ice cream

I have another gingerbread recipe coming up next week! I hope you’re all staying warm and cozy!

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