Whether you’re a fan of the classic gingerbread cookie or want to spice up this Christmas with something new, New York City’s bakeries offer something for everyone this Christmas. From a replica of the city’s newest arena to simple and sweet gingerbread men, these are NYC’s seven best gingerbread desserts. You can thank us for making you the hit of the holiday party.
Gingerbread Barclays Center, Joyce Bakeshop
646 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
At the end of each year, this Brooklyn bakeshop whips up a gingerbread structure to represent something from the borough they call home. Previous concoctions have included the Brooklyn Bridge, the Arch at Grand Army plaza and the 2 train. This year’s sweet structure is a Barclays Center replica, to be raffled off just before Christmas. Tickets are $2. For a shot to own a Christmas version of the new arena, visit joycebakeshop.com.
Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate, Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
This specialty hot chocolate from Le Parker Meridien is topped with ginger candy and served with a gingerbread cookie. If that’s not enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit City Harvest. It’s all a part of the hotel’s Gingerbread Extravaganze, a yearly yuletide event at the establishment.
1675 Broadway (53rd)
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With multiple locations throughout the City, you don’t have to go too far to satisfy that sweet tooth. Perfect for the holiday season, Crumbs Bake Shop’s Gingerbread Cupcake is a spice cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting with real gingerbread cookie mixed in. Topped with gingerbread cookie pieces and a gingerbread man cookie, it’s the perfect holiday indulgence.
Duane Park Patisserie’s Whimsical Ginger Deadmen
179 Duane Street
Duane Park Patisserie’s creative take on the gingerbread holiday classic is bound to spark a conversation. So, if you’re looking to spice up the holiday dessert table, Duane Park Patisserie’s Whimsical Ginger Deadmen are just the treat.
Gingerbread Macaroon, Macaron Cafe
161 West 36th Street
One of two locations in New York, Macaron Café is known for their impressive variety of macaroons. With flavors rotating on a regular basis, stop in and buy one from the café’s daily menu. This season, try the Dark Chocolate-Candied Ginger Macaron. A delicious light and refreshing treat, the macaron has just a hint of ginger. With a satisfying chocolate candied center, we bet you can’t eat just one.
Just Gingerbread from Amy's Cookies
Simple and sweet, these Brooklyn-born gingerbread men have been called some of the best seasonal cookies in New York City ($40 for 24 cookies). Additionally, this artisanal bakery has beautiful dreidel shaped cookies for Chanukkah plus an entirely edible winter wonderland of snowflake, reindeer and Santa cookies.
Dylan’s Candy Bar’s Petite Cookies
1011 Third Ave at 60th St
If visions of sugar plums have been dancing in your head all month, Dylan’s Candy Bar is the place to be. Snappy ginger infuses their gingerbread cookies and gives them the perfect mouth-warming bite that will make you forget all about the cold. The perfect addition to Holiday parties, enjoy the colorful treats with a big glass of milk or hot chocolate.
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Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and the founder of YouSingIWrite.com.