Below are our picks for the best gingerbread treats in New York City to help you get into the holiday spirit. Can’t get enough of that slightly sweet, slightly spicy flavor? Head over to GingerBread Lane at the New York Science Center, where you’ll find 1,050 homemade gingerbread houses — the world’s largest gingerbread village, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. By Jessica Allen.
Talented chef Christina Tosi and her equally talented staff at Milk Bar dreamed up a true delight this year: the cranberry gingerbread cake. Piquant cranberry sauce rests between lawyers of spiced gingerbread cake, which is covered in serious swirls of cream cheese icing. Cranberry gingerbread truffles—wee nibbles of the aforementioned cake dipped in cranberry juice and covered in a layer of both cranberry milk crumbs and white chocolate—are available too. Go ahead and get both.
There are tons of excellent gingerbread cookies available for munching around the city these days, but none are perhaps as exciting as those at Eleni’s. Each batch of gingerbread men comes with five special markers, allowing the eater to decorate, design, and detail the cookie in whatever way he/she sees fit (with edible ink). Go ahead and add a smile or three, or draw a bowtie and suspenders or a polka-dot bathing suit. Anything goes, and everything tastes great. Happy doodling and eating!
First, the bad news: the gingerbread cupcake at Magnolia Bakery is only available on Saturdays in December. The good news? This is a cupcake—a gingerbread cake topped with vanilla bean meringue buttercream, to be precise—most definitely worth planning your weekend around. If you can’t get there on Saturday, or if you need still more sugar, try the “winter spice” cupcake: a spiced cake made with nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and dried cherries smothered in maple meringue buttercream.
Donuts for the holidays! Yes, and yes! At the Doughnut Plant, you can ring in the season with such festive flavors as cranberry orange, triple chocolate mint, marzipan, and gingerbread. The cake donut in question is a moist, chewy, gingery explosion, thanks to a quick glaze dip and tons of candied ginger. Of course, we’re pretty crazy about the non-holiday menu too, which includes tres leches, carrot cake, blackout, and coconut cream donuts. Why not bring donuts for dessert? In our book, they beat babka every time.
They just don’t make ’em like Glaser’s Bake Shop anymore. This bakery is family-owned and –operated, as it’s been since flinging open its doors on April 2, 1902. Fast forward a century or so, and you’ll want to stop in here for the gingerbread muffin, a sweet concoction guaranteed to brighten your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Save room, though, for black and white cookies, coconut buns, chocolate-cheese pastry, pecan rugelach, sticky buns, apricot butter crunch squares, and marble pound cake, among other confection.