5 ways to celebrate National Gingerbread Day
There seems to be some confusion over when National Gingerbread Day actually takes place -- today, November 21 or in the summer, on June 5. Some gingerbread-loving fools say the holiday is observed twice a year, on both days. Since we think of gingerbread as a late fall and winter treat, we've elected to celebrate National Gingerbread Day today.
Today's national holiday may be inspired by a childhood Christmastime favorite, but this treat goes well beyond the houses haphazardly stuck together by gobs of frosting and decked with rows of gumdrops.
Here are five ways to celebrate National Gingerbread Day -- only a couple of which involve tiny domiciles.
Katy Meeks Rustica Ginger Cookies
5. Salty Tart Bakery has a gingerbread cake that will give the original gingerbread man a run for his money. Order ahead or stop in for a slice (keep in mind they might not have gingerbread by the slice available, so calling ahead is your best bet). Or you can order gingerbread cupcakes with your choice of filling and frosting -- butter cream, cream cheese, white chocolate mousse. Salty Tart charges anywhere between $12 and $30 for cupcake and cake orders.
4. Gingerbread White Chocolate cheesecake at Muddy Paws Cheesecake. Enough said, right? The famous Twin Cities cheesecake shop may no longer have a storefront, but the bakery still takes orders and this specialty flavor could be just the variety your holiday party needs. No need for traditional pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving. Order your cheesecake here, at least five days in advance.
3. Try your hand at making your own gingerbread house extravaganza. On Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, the city of Minneapolis offers gingerbread house making classes for kids (parents welcome, but it really is all about the kids). Cost is $5 for residents, $7.50 for non-residents, and a $2 supply fee. Different city parks host different classes catered to certain age groups all weekend long. For more information, click here and look under "activities" to get registered! (Side note: Although we do love the American Swedish Institute's adorable gingerbread house -- pepparkakshus -- event each year, this year's event is already sold out).
2. Wuollet Bakery's gingerbread house is so perfect you'll struggle to keep it in tact as a decoration and resist the urge to devour it on the spot. Handmade in the three bakery locations in the Twin Cities, the houses have been a family favorite for years. They run about $75 per house.
1. Ginger cookies at Rustica Bakery. Not too big, not too small, not too hard and not too gooey soft, these cookies are the perfect balance of sweet goodness for a perfect snack or light dessert at $1.25 a pop. These almost crispy on the outside but soft on the inside delights are perfect year-round, but more popular during the holiday season. The bakery is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. There's plenty of seating, so stop in for an afternoon pick-me-up, relax, and stay a while.