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National Gingerbread Day

Get creative this National Gingerbread Day with delicious recipes and fun activities! Bake up some yummy treats and enjoy the day!
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June 5
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Get ready to celebrate National Gingerbread Day on June 5! This sweet holiday has been around for centuries, with the first gingerbread recipe being written as early as the 15th century. Bakers everywhere love this holiday because it's a great excuse to get creative and create delicious treats out of gingerbread. Whether you like your gingerbread in cookie form or cake form, National Gingerbread Day is all about getting together with friends and family to enjoy some tasty treats!

History of National Gingerbread Day

National Gingerbread Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Gingerbread</div><div class='timeline-text'>Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe and taught French Christians to bake it.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1400s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gingerbread's European Rise</div><div class='timeline-text'>Gingerbread became widely popular across Europe, made into various shapes and decorated with white icing.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1500s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Queen Elizabeth I's Innovation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Queen Elizabeth I is credited with the idea of making gingerbread men and other figures as gifts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1700s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gingerbread in America</div><div class='timeline-text'>Gingerbread recipes migrated to America with settlers and began to take on many forms, including softer cakes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>German Gingerbread Tradition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Germans began the tradition of gingerbread house construction, likely influenced by the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Start of National Gingerbread Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Gingerbread Day is observed for the first time in the US, promoting a newfound appreciation for the historic baked good.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Gingerbread Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake a gingerbread house</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your family and friends to bake your very own gingerbread house. You can make it traditional with the classic icing and candy decorations, or you can get creative with different flavors and colors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a gingerbread decorating party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a gingerbread decorating party! Bake some gingerbread cookies in advance and have each guest bring their favorite candy to decorate them with.  This is a fun way to spend time with friends.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make gingerbread pancakes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gingerbread pancakes are a delicious way to celebrate National Gingerbread Day. All you need is your favorite pancake batter, cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, and chopped nuts to give it that unique flavor. Enjoy with syrup or honey!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a gingerbread scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>For an extra special activity, plan a gingerbread themed scavenger hunt! Hide clues around the house or neighborhood that lead to the prize--a delicious gingerbread treat!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try out new recipes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take this as an opportunity to try out some new recipes featuring gingerbread. From breakfast muffins to dinner casseroles, there are so many tasty possibilities.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Gingerbread Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Gingerbread is delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>During National Gingerbread Day, you can indulge in all kinds of gingerbread treats. From traditional gingerbread houses to decadent gingerbread truffles, the possibilities are endless. Plus, its warm and comforting flavors of molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg make it a classic wintertime treat!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Gingerbread is fun to decorate</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Making and decorating homemade gingerbread builds custom holiday memories. Whether it's with family or friends, making gingerbread is an easy and fun activity that everyone can enjoy. And the best part? You get to eat your hard work at the end!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It’s a sweet way to celebrate the holidays</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From November through January, Gingerbread season is in full swing. It's a unique way to come together and make festive decorations that can bring cheer to any room. What better way to kick off the winter holidays than with some warm and inviting gingerbread creations?</p></div></div>

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When is National Gingerbread Day?

National Gingerbread Day is celebrated on June 5 every year. In 2024 National Gingerbread Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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