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The best gingerbread espresso martini

Gingerbread espresso martini - coupe glass filled with espresso and gingerbread syurp with crushed gingerbread around the rim

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If you are team gingerbread and love a good espresso martini, this gingerbread espresso martini will be your new favorite winter cocktail.

I think we can all agree that one of the best things about the holidays is all the festive treats and libations am I right?

And one of my favorite holiday flavors is gingerbread!

I love all the gingerbread things – coffee, waffles, muffins, cookies, you name it!

A few weeks ago, I made this delicious gingerbread syrup. And then I got the idea, since I loved it in my coffee, why not put it in an espresso martini?

The result, it was delish!!!! You will definitely want to serve up these gingerbread espresso martinis for your holiday gatherings! Sharing my recipe below.

Gingerbread Espresso Martini

Gingerbread espresso martini - couple glass with crushed gingerbread on rim filled with espresso martini in front of Christmas tree

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Espresso
  • 4 pumps Gingerbread syrup (linking the recipe here)
  • 2 shots Vodka
  • Half and Half (to taste)
  • Maple syrup (for garnish)
  • Crushed gingerbread (for garnish)

Ingredients for gingerbread espresso martini - espresso, vodka, gingerbread syrup, half and half.

Directions:

1.) Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

2.) Fill the cocktail shaker with espresso, vodka and a few pumps of gingerbread syrup.

3.) Add a few splashes of half and half (depending on how light you want it)

4.) Shake well.

5.) On a plate, pour some maple syrup and crushed gingerbread cookies.

6.) Roll the rim of the glass into the maple syrup and then into the crushed gingerbread cookies.

7.) Pour the cocktail into the glass.

8.) Top with a gingerbread cookie.

 

Enjoy!!!

Gingerbread espresso martini flat lay on tray with holiday decor

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For more holiday recipes you can try

My peppermint espresso martini

13 of the best Christmas cookies and sweets

My Winter Salad

 

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Gingerbread espresso martini - couple glass with crushed gingerbread on rim filled with espresso martini in front of Christmas tree

The best gingerbread espresso martini

Homemade gingerbread syrup, espresso and vodka come together for the best gingerbread espresso martini you will drink this holiday season!
Course Drinks
Servings 2 glasses

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup espresso
  • 4 pumps homemade gingerbread syrup
  • 2 shots vodka
  • half & half to taste
  • maple syrup for garnish
  • crushed gingerbread cookies for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker with espresso, vodka and a few pumps of gingerbread syrup.
  • Add a few splashes of half and half (depending on how light you want it)
  • Shake well.
  • On a plate, pour some maple syrup and crushed gingerbread cookies.
  • Roll the rim of the glass into the maple syrup and then into the crushed gingerbread cookies.
  • Pour the cocktail into the glass.
  • Top with a gingerbread cookie.
Keyword Christmas, christmas drinks, cocktails, espresso martini, gingerbread

 

15 In food/ holidays/ Recipes

The best homemade gingerbread syrup

The best homemade gingerbread syrup for lattes, coffees, waffles or pancakes

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This is the best homemade gingerbread syrup and an absolute must for the holiday season for lattes, waffles, or pancakes!

It’s impossible to think of the holiday season without the warm smells and tastes of gingerbread. I am a huge fan of gingerbread lattes and this homemade gingerbread syrup makes it easy so you can make your own right at home. (For more of my favorite coffee recipes check out my healthier pumpkin spice latte or this Irish cream cold brew). Or use this gingerbread syrup over your pancakes or waffles for a breakfast that even Buddy the Elf himself would approve of.

If you’ve never made your own syrups at home, it’s incredibly easy! And this syrup is sure to put you in a holiday mood!

How to store your homemade gingerbread syrup

Once made, store in an airtight container or glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

I like to keep mine in this coffee syrup pump. But you can also put in a mason jar.

Homemade Gingerbread Latte

To make a homemade gingerbread latte, start by pouring some cream and a few pumps or teaspoons of gingerbread syrup (as desired) into a glass. Using a frother (linking mine here), froth well. Then pour over a hot mug of espresso or coffee.

The best gingerbread latte. Glass mug full of coffee, whipped cream and topped with a gingerbread man cookie

The Best Homemade Gingerbread Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

how to make the best homemade gingerbread syrup ingredients - molasses, ginger, cloves, cinnamon

Directions:

1.) In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved.

how to make the best homemade gingerbread syrup - all ingredients dissolving and simmering in pot

2.) Reduce to a simmer and allow to infuse for about 10 minutes.

3.) Allow the syrup to cool and then transfer to an airtight container or glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

the best homemade gingerbread syrup for coffees, lattes, pancakes or waffles. Coffee syrup dispenser with gingerbread syrup and glass coffee mug at coffee bar

Homemade Gift Idea

This would also make a great homemade gift idea. Gift with some fresh local coffee, a cute mug and some gingerbread mug huggers. Or maybe gift with some pancake or waffle mix and a darling gingerbread man waffle iron.

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This gingerbread syrup makes a fantastic gingerbread espresso martini too! Click here for my recipe.

Gingerbread espresso martini - coupe glass filled with espresso and gingerbread syurp with crushed gingerbread around the rim

For more gingerbread aesthetic finds, check out this post here.

 

More Gingerbread Inspiration from The Cozy Creative Collaborative

The Cozy Creative Collaborative is back this month to share Christmas inspiration with a gingerbread theme.

Here are the gingerbread themed posts from my fellow Cozy Creative Collaborators:

DIY Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decoration from Eleanor Rose Home

Add holiday spirit to your home decor with these gingerbread dough ornaments.

 

Potterybarn Gingerbread Theme Home Decor From The Tattered Pew 

Pottery Barn's Gingerbread Collage

 

Copycat Gingerbread Latte Starbucks Recipe from Mornings on Macedonia

the best homemade gingerbread latte copycat startbucks gingerbread latte

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The best homemade gingerbread syrup for lattes, coffees, waffles or pancakes

The best homemade gingerbread syrup

This gingerbread syrup is a must for the holiday season for all your lattes, coffee, pancakes or waffles. Plus it also makes a nice homemade gift.
5 from 5 votes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 bottle

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  • Reduce to a simmer and allow to infuse for about 10 minutes.
  • Allow the syrup to cool and then transfer to an airtight container or glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.
Keyword coffee, gingerbread, lattes
29 In holidays/ Recipes

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

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These are the best pistachio thumbprint cookies and will easily become a favorite Christmas cookie! Sweet pistachio topped with a cheesecake filling or raspberry jam are the perfect bite and look festive for your Christmas cookie swaps or platters.

And I’m sharing 15 other delicious Christmas treats for you from some of my most favorite bloggers. Scroll down to see all of their recipes.

If you’re coming from Michele at Vintage Home Designs, welcome! I hope you will stick around here and continue to follow along. Also how delicious do her shortbread cookies look?

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

One of my favorite things that I used to have every Christmas is my grandmother’s pistachio ambrosia. I loved it so much and it just wasn’t Christmas without it. This recipe combines my favorite flavors of pistachio with my favorite Christmas cookie – my sister’s almond raspberry thumbprints.

I made a yummy cheesecake filling for these cookies but you can also fill with raspberry jam too!

The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened (I used unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 2 cups nuts chopped (I used walnuts/pecans)

For the filling

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • or raspberry jam (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.

3.) Beat in the eggs, salt and extracts.

4.) Add in the flour and pistachio pudding mix, beating together until combined.

5.) Roll the batter into individual balls, about 1 inch. Roll some or all of the balls into the chopped nuts and place on a prepared baking sheet.

6.) Using your thumb, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.

7.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want to take them out just before the edges start to get golden.

8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, re-shape the thumbprint if necessary as sometimes it changes shape after baking.

9.) Allow the cookies to cool.

10.) While the cookies are cooling, start to prepare the cheesecake filling. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.

11.) Beat in the vanilla and make sure there are no lumps.

12.) Fill in each cookie with either the cream cheese filling or raspberry jam. I chose to do some of each.

13.) In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips, stirring at 30 second intervals.

14.) Once melted, use a fork to drizzle some chocolate over each cookie.

15.) Allow the chocolate to cool before eating.

These also freeze really well so you can make ahead of time! I line some parchment paper in an airtight storage container and freeze until the day of.

Enjoy!!! The best pistachio thumbprint cookies

DIY snowglobe tray

I served them on this snowglobe tray that I made! Click here for the easy DIY.

Linking some cute things to serve your cookies below

 

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For more of my favorite Christmas treats check out

My homemade Irish Cream

These boozy chocolate hazelnut truffles

The best Christmas tree dip

 

Now head on over to Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms for her decadent fudge!!!

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Christmas Cookies and Holiday Treats

Are you looking to add some new recipes to your holiday rotation this year? Click on the links below to go to each post and see more.

Midwest Life And Style – Peanut Butter Balls | Cottage On Bunker Hill – Double Chocolate Oreo Bark | White Lilac Farmhouse – No Bake Christmas Cookies | Cottage In The Mitten – Holiday Peanut Butter Cookies

My Family Thyme – Eggnog Snickerdoodle Cookies | Eleanor Rose Home – Christmas Monster Cookies | Pasha Is Home – Christmas Fudge | Tatertots And Jello – Holiday Dipped Oreo Cookies

The Ponds Farmhouse – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark | Vintage Home Designs – Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies | Our Tiny Nest – Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies | Bricks ‘n Blooms – Tiger Butter Fudge

The Tattered Pew – Daddy’s Molasses Cookies | Open Doors Open Hearts – Cinnamon Sugar Pecans | WM Design House – Cinnamon Popcorn | She Gave It A Go – Holiday Punch

 

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Holiday cookie squares recipe

holiday chocolate squares recipe

This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holiday cookie squares

One of our favorite holiday traditions is baking sweet treats and watching holiday movies. (Home Alone is the best hands down!)
Last weekend the kids and I were in the spirit to do some baking. We decided to make these holiday cookie squares topped with Ghirardelli chocolate. We got all of the ingredients from Walmart and had it delivered right to our house in under 2 hours! I’m sharing the recipe below.

Holiday cookie squares

Ingredients


Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Then set aside.
  2. Using mixer, beat butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Add the eggs one by one mixing completely. Add the vanilla.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the creamed wet mixture. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Press gently into a flat disc. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. After the dough has chilled for 30 minutes, remove from the refrigerator. Dust a clean countertop with flour and remove the dough from plastic wrap and place on the floured surface.
  7. Roll the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a square cookie cutter or use the Ghirardelli chocolate square to cut the dough into the appropriate shape and size.
  8. Transfer the cookies onto sheet pan lined with parchment paper, leaving about 1/2 inch between each cookie.
  9. Bake for 6-8 minutes until the edges are slightly firm and center is soft.
  10. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  11. Top each cookie with an unwrapped Ghirardelli chocolate square. Eat right then and there or store in an airtight container.