Gingerbread Frenchmen Toast

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My favorite holiday cookie is Gingerbread Men, specifically this recipe.  I woke up with Gingerbread Men on my mind, so I decided to integrate the flavors into breakfast.

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The key to any good Gingerbread Men recipe?  Molasses!

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I subbed out the maple syrup that I’d normally dip my French Toast in with molasses mixed into the egg batter.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 big pinches cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • 1 pinch ginger
  • 2 pieces of whole wheat bread

 

Directions:

 

  • Combine all ingredients except eggs in shallow dish and beat until well mixed.
  • Dredge bread through mixture.
  • Place bread on heated griddle, cooking both sides thoroughly.
  • Serve topped with banana.

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It was really, really good.  The molasses taste wasn’t overwhelming at all, but the French Toast had a nice spice to it.  Nom, nom, nom.

 

Plus, a shot of wheatgrass on the side:

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Not so nom, nom, nom!  :)  Oh well, it’s good for me.

 

What’s your favorite holiday cookie or dessert?

{ 70 comments }

 

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 10, 2009, 8:45 am

    I love peanut butter blossoms with the hershey kiss, but I never eat the kiss. I take it out and eat the peanut butter cookie. πŸ™‚

  • Abby December 10, 2009, 8:46 am

    YUM.. I was always a huge snickerdoodle fan as a kid.. now I like anything oatmeal/raisin-ish!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health December 10, 2009, 8:47 am

    I used to love the ritz crackers filled with PB and dipped in chocolate. My grandma used to make them every year. This year is my first gluten free christmas so I don’t really know what my new favorite dessert will be!

  • Mariel December 10, 2009, 8:47 am

    You should try gingerbread oatmeal! I make it in the winter and use 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup milk, 1 T molasses, a banana, cinnamon, ginger, raisins, and walnuts/pecans! Yum πŸ™‚

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 10, 2009, 8:48 am

    Whoa – that looks gourmet Caitlin!

  • Kristen December 10, 2009, 8:50 am

    My favourite Christmas treat isn’t a cookie but a square: Nanaimo bars.
    They aren’t a “christmas-only” type treat, but people tend to make them more often at christmas because they are pretty time intensive so you need to have a good reason to make them (especially my mother in law and her baking is really good)

  • Brittney December 10, 2009, 8:57 am

    Yum. Gingerbread french toast sounds really good πŸ™‚

    My favorite Christmas cookie is magic cookie bars. They’re also called hello dollies. They have a graham cracker crust and then you layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, walnuts, coconut, and then drizzle condensed milk on top. So good πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 10, 2009, 8:57 am

    I am a big fan of gingerbread stuff, but I don’t know if it is my favorite. I’m actually not sure what my favorite is now that I think of it. Hmm…

    I tried a really great gingerbread french toast recipe (vegan) from Happy Herbivore, you should check it out: http://happyherbivore.com/2009/11/gingerbread-french-toast/

  • emily December 10, 2009, 9:00 am

    That looks so yummy! My favorite is gingerbread (and eggnog!).

  • brandi December 10, 2009, 9:01 am

    what a great idea!

    Favorite holiday desserts: my mom’s fudge pie, soft molasses cookies

  • Susan December 10, 2009, 9:02 am

    I love gingerbread too, but I think it’s one of those things that I prefer the smell to the taste. Weird, I know.
    My favorite holiday treats are chocolate roll and snickerdoodles. My aunt and uncle make them, and I wait all year to enjoy them Christmas night!

  • Carolyn December 10, 2009, 9:04 am

    Way to be creative and curb your craving! πŸ™‚

  • Kelly December 10, 2009, 9:09 am

    My Mom’s Peanut Butter Balls! Yum!

  • Laura Georgina December 10, 2009, 9:10 am

    I almost licked the screen at those French toast!

    My favorite holiday cookie is cranberry and white chocolate, but favorite Christmas dessert is Puerto Rican rice pudding–my mom makes it with coconut milk, ginger and cinammon and spices, plus raisins. Good thing she only makes it once a year, or I’d be round as a ball of cheese πŸ™‚

  • Karla December 10, 2009, 9:11 am

    Gingerbread is great but nothing beats oatmeal raisin for me. Sadly, my baking hiatus is inhibiting my baking either of those πŸ™ I’m trying to replace sweets with veggies this holiday season!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara December 10, 2009, 9:14 am

    Ooo that looks so good!

    Question: I’ve only heard about wheat grass through my new love: Healthy living blogs πŸ™‚ Can I buy it at Whole Foods or another store or only online? Also, what do you mix it with for your “shots”? Please let me know and forgive me if you’ve already posted about this. I’m new! Thanks for your help. I love your blog!

    • Caitlin December 10, 2009, 9:24 am

      hi julie! πŸ™‚ if you click on the link for “wheatgrass” in the post, it takes you to amazinggrass.com which is where i get it from. you can buy it at whole foods too. i mix it with vanilla rice milk or apple juice.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 10, 2009, 9:19 am

    mmmm…I love dark molasses! We used to put that on our pancakes when we were little.

    My favorite holiday treat is a good old-fashioned Christmas sugar cookie. Can’t beat ’em.

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full December 10, 2009, 9:23 am

    Snickerdoodles! And I love plain ol’ sugar cookie cut outs.

  • Neely December 10, 2009, 9:28 am

    Sugar cookies… but they must be soft. I am also a huge biscotti fan all year round.

  • Erin December 10, 2009, 9:30 am

    Yummmm… you’re making me hungry for a second breakfast AND cookies! πŸ˜€ I love gingerbread anything and haven’t had it in years — it’s such an American thing!

  • Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) December 10, 2009, 9:34 am

    this looks so good – just needs a little gingerbreadmen cookie on top =)

    My favorite holiday dessert is red velvet cake, not so exclusive to the holidays – but still my favorite.

  • Katie December 10, 2009, 9:35 am

    My mom makes these delicious anise fingers. They look like biscotti but are softer and perfect!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 10, 2009, 9:39 am

    Balls! Sorry I couldn’t resist πŸ˜‰

    Peanut butter balls covered in chocolate that my mom makes for Christmas. I have memories going wayyyy back of my sister and I steathily sneaking into the porch to steal some of those bad boys. SO good!

  • Courtney R. December 10, 2009, 9:39 am

    oh, I love looking at the pup pics. My family had a little dachshund for 16 years so they have a special place in my heart. My husband and I have a fantasy of winning the lottery some day, buying a huge farm and rescuing animals.

  • VeggieGirl December 10, 2009, 9:41 am

    My favorite is gingerbread men cookies! πŸ™‚

  • michelle December 10, 2009, 9:50 am

    I just started drinking wheatgrass in the mornings postrun with a little juice. I can totally tell the difference in myself. I LOVE it! I don’t know if it’s mental but whatever- it’s making me feel better! πŸ™‚ Cookies- anything with white chocolate… *drool*

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! December 10, 2009, 9:51 am

    Oh, your breakfast looks so good! =) Never would of thought of making those, have to try it.

  • skinnyrunner December 10, 2009, 9:52 am

    mmmm that looks yummy!
    my favorite is probably toffee or brittle. but pretty much anything with butter and sugar in it!

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life December 10, 2009, 9:52 am

    My favorite holiday cookie is chocolate chip! So simple, but so amazing πŸ™‚

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 10, 2009, 9:53 am

    What a great idea to make your breakfast holiday-style. Love it!

  • ashleigh December 10, 2009, 9:54 am

    very creative french toast bfast!

    my favorite holiday treat are greek shortbread cookies called Kourabiethes.. yummy!

  • Angela December 10, 2009, 10:01 am

    Yumm french toast I almost drooled on my keyboard..

    My fave holiday cookies are peanut butter blossoms and shortbread..
    I think I need to make some cookies now!!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 10, 2009, 10:04 am

    this isn’t really a dessert (but nutritionally it should be)… every christmas morning my mom makes monkey bread. it’s SO flippin’ delicious. i can’t wait to have it this year!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 10, 2009, 10:07 am

    My favorite holiday cookie is a tradition in my Mexican culture. It’s call “Pan de Polvo” It’s a super flakey shortbread/anise cookie coated with cinnamin sugar. So good!

  • Haleigh December 10, 2009, 10:09 am

    My favorite holiday treat is candy and cookies and pie and.. haha you get the point πŸ˜‰ Love your creative french toast recipe!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 10, 2009, 10:23 am

    I LOVE buckeyes! I think they’re an Ohio thing? Peanut butter balls dipped 3/4 in chocolate to look just like buckeyes :O).

    • Fatgirlslimmm December 10, 2009, 12:43 pm

      Buckeyes are a California thing too :]

  • Reenie December 10, 2009, 10:23 am

    Caitlin, I’m sure there is a post about it somewhere on your blog…..but I’ve only been reading you for a few months=) Just curious ~ why did you and your hubby decide to go vegetarian?

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 10, 2009, 10:24 am

    Oh my yum! The molasses in the eggs is genius! Also, getting green in any time is always a good thing

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 10, 2009, 10:38 am

    That looks good!

    My favorite holiday treat has to be butter tarts. Definitely something I only indulge in once a year…haha!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats December 10, 2009, 10:40 am

    I really love a good chocolate chip cookie with lots of chips!

  • Evan Thomas December 10, 2009, 10:42 am

    I love Italian anise cookies or anise pizelles

  • Bridget December 10, 2009, 10:46 am

    Gingerbread (bread) is what’s gotten me through some down moments during the past two weeks. I’ve mixed it with oats, honey, and soymilk + a little yogurt each morning. It’s been fantastic! I need more molasses, otherwise I’d be eating it right now…

    Yes, gingerbread (bread or cookie!) is my favorite holiday treat, though peppermint ice cream and/ or candy canes are a close second!!

  • Jocelyn December 10, 2009, 10:50 am

    gingerbread as well! And..my nana (rip) buttery christmas shortbread. We all have her recipie..but we can never make it quite like her. I’m pretty sure she tossed in extra sugar and lard lol.

  • Lindsey @ EatReadRun December 10, 2009, 10:52 am

    I’m a sucker for sugar cookies! The really bad ones with frosting. I plan to make some for my work holiday party and hope I don’t eat them all before they get to the office. πŸ™‚

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 10, 2009, 11:01 am

    AMAZING breakfast! Great thought to use molasses — you forget how much that plays into the gingerbread taste!

  • Jess December 10, 2009, 11:02 am

    I like gingerbread cookies but I prefer dense, rich old-fashioned gingerbread more. It’s my favourite dessert, especially with apples and caramel sauce.

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) December 10, 2009, 11:06 am

    I really like gingerbread cookies too, but the really soft kind. I’m also a big fan of shortbread cookies and really dark chocolate biscotti.

  • Matt December 10, 2009, 11:08 am

    I really like pumpkin pie with ice cream πŸ™‚

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 10, 2009, 11:13 am

    That sounds like great french toast to me!

  • Melissa S. December 10, 2009, 11:37 am

    OHhh…gingerbread french toast! sounds delicious!

    love me some double chocolate chocolate cookies…with mint.

  • Julie December 10, 2009, 12:00 pm

    I don’t do favorites because I don’t discriminate, and I am very indecisive, so I have a few that I like equally. They are chocolate chip, peanut butter blossoms, scotcharoos, and reeses cup blossoms. They are like PB blossoms, but with mini reeses cups instead. Holy crap, they are good.
    Hi. I’m forever a fat kid on the inside.

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 10, 2009, 12:02 pm

    I need to try your gingerbread man recipe because everytime I’ve had gingerbread cookies, they are really hard! I am not a fan of hard cookies at all.

  • Stephanie J December 10, 2009, 12:02 pm

    I had ginger snaps over Thanksgiving but it’s been YEARS since I’ve had a real gingerbread man. Yum yum. I might need to make a batch.

    My favorite holiday “cookie” is a pecan tassie. I say “cookie” because they’re not quite cookies but they are small and bite size and delicious. Much like a pecan pie only not as sweet (and therefore tastier to me).

  • Allison December 10, 2009, 12:03 pm

    So many! I really just love plain sugar cookies with icing. I’m easy to please. πŸ™‚ I also love when my mom makes Russian tea loaf at Christmas. It’s a really difficult cake recipe, so she only makes it for her holiday open house every year. It’s sooooo good!

  • Chrysta December 10, 2009, 12:12 pm

    Yum!! I love molasses in anything. Well almost anything. But it really reminds me of the holidays. Great flavors. I think my favorite holiday cookies are, oatmeal cookies, then snickerdoodles and peanutbutter chocolate chip. Its too hard to choose!

  • susan December 10, 2009, 12:16 pm

    i love oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips instead of raisins.

    and i love maggie in the second doggy fighting picture… she kinda looks drunk with her tongue hangin out!
    haha

  • Kristen December 10, 2009, 12:25 pm

    I love eating Pizelle’s it’s an Italian cookie my sister and I always make. Chocolate chip are always amazing in my book! I also tried these orange cranberry cookies last year that everyone loved!

    I bought some Amazing Grass chocolate flavor last night to try. I had it with some milk around 8PM and I usually go to bed around 9:30-10 and I couldn’t fall asleep until 12. I think it was the drink. I didn’t think there was caffeine in it. I guessed that maybe it just gave me some energy from all the good for you items in the powder! Do you know anything about that?

    • Kristen December 10, 2009, 12:26 pm

      p.s. I bought some ginerbread flavored tea at whole foods last night, too! Just FYI Caitlin!

  • Cassie December 10, 2009, 12:28 pm

    oh my, that’s a good question! let’s see…my fave holiday cookie would probably have to be gingerbread and then my fave holiday dessert would be pumpkin pie or coffeecake πŸ™‚

  • Jacquie December 10, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Soft and chewy molasses crinkles! I had never made them before until my friend requested I make them. They’re sooo good and make the whole house small wonderful πŸ™‚

  • Kelly December 10, 2009, 1:09 pm

    My favorite holiday dessert is Pecan Pie!! The only times I ever get it is Thanksgiving and Christmas so I definitely go all out!! πŸ™‚

  • Kristy December 10, 2009, 1:17 pm

    So creative….

  • Katie December 10, 2009, 1:24 pm

    I need to get some MOLLASSSES HUH!!?!?!

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  • rungirlrunn December 10, 2009, 1:42 pm

    My favorite cookies are snickerdoodles πŸ™‚

  • Jenna December 10, 2009, 3:43 pm

    peanut butter blossoms πŸ™‚
    jenna

  • chocolatepickle December 10, 2009, 4:21 pm

    My mom’s recipe for spice cookies are amazing and always my favorite! Your french toast looks seriously amazing! What a great idea to use molasses instead of maple syrup:)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 10, 2009, 6:34 pm

    I also love Gingerbread!! I like anything with those spices πŸ™‚ I also love shortbread.

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