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Gingerbread Brownies

My family never decorated for Christmas until the 1st of December. My mom hated that Thanksgiving got lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Sadly I think that it has gotten even worse (hello Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving night! BOOO!!). And yet, here I am posting about Christmas and it’s not even December yet. But, these gingerbread brownies were too good to not share right away. Plus, I think they’re pretty. 🙂

Ok, I have to admit that for the past two years I’ve been decorating the day after Thanksgiving. It just seems easier to pound it out before everything gets all crazy, and we still get to enjoy Thanksgiving. Sorry, Mom. It just had to happen. And because we were decorating and we had such a quiet little Thanksgiving with my sister I went ahead and whipped up some of these pretty babies.

I love the gingery brownie and the white chocolate cream cheese frosting is not only a mouthful, it’s a delicious one. We threw some chopped craisins on top just to add a bright pop of flavor, but you can totally skip them if you want. I just finished off the last one yesterday, right after buying my girls their Christmas jammies that have become a fun tradition around here. These brownies and festive jammies just scream relaxation, am I right?

Can Gingerbread Dough Be Frozen?

Gingerbread dough can be frozen.

Wrap the dough tightly with plastic wrap and put in the freezer.

Frozen cookie dough can actually last for 9-12 months!

What Can You Substitute For Evaporated Milk?

You can substitute almond milk or soy milk for evaporated milk, using 3/4 as much as called for in the recipe.

You can also use a combination of whole milk and half and half.

For every cup of evaporated milk, use 3/4 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup half and half.

Can Cream Cheese Frosting Be Frozen?

Cream cheese frosting is ideal for freezing.

It is sturdy, with plenty of fat, and it will do better in the freezer than more delicate icings.

Gingerbread Brownies

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Gingerbread brownies

Gingerbread Brownies

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Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
gingery brownie with the white chocolate cream cheese frosting is not only a mouthful, it's a delicious one.



  • 1 Box Gingerbread Cake/Cookie Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Butter melted
  • 1/4 Cup Evaporated Milk plus 1 Tablespoon


  • 1/4 Cup Butter Softened
  • 2 Oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 4 Oz White Chocolate melted, and slightly cooled
  • *Milk if needed
  • 1 Cup Craisins chopped (optional)


For the Brownies

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the cake mix, butter and evaporated milk.
  • Place in an 8x8" baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Frost the brownies and top with chopped craisins.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream together the cream cheese, butter and white chocolate.
  • Add the powdered sugar and salt, and mix again.
  • You may need to add a tablespoon or so of milk to get the perfectly soft frosting.


Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 53g59%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 434IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    • Thank you!

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  • I’ve been CRAVING gingerbread and cranberries the lats couple of weeks and just bought a new jar of molasses! This is so getting made! Beautiful!

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  • Your gingerbread brownies are so pretty! I love the cranberry topping.

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    • Thanks Laura!

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  • Love your new site, it’s so pretty! I’m working on my now, it’s such a pain isn’t it? =)

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  • Carrian the site looks great! And this is calling my name

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  • It’s absolutely gorgeous, Carrian! I love it SO MUCH!
    It’s absolutely perfectly you <3 love love love

    That gingerbread cake looks amazing!

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  • Carrian, Wowzers! I just love it all! I’m never ever leaving!!!

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  • Carrian, the new look is fantastic! I love the color and the clean, organized look.

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  • How awful is it that the National Day of Thanks has been corrupted by the National Day Of Greed? I hate that Black Friday has now become Black Thursday, so sad. BUT I am thankful for these brownies. Amazing 🙂

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  • Love the brownies, I am always a sucker for brownies! I always get my son cute jammies to open on Christmas Even too 🙂
    The new site looks great!

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  • Ahhhhh your new look is so gorgeous! I love it!!! 🙂

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  • WOW! Cannot wait to try this sweet treat! Love gingerbread! Sounds incredibly delicious and the cranberries on top–SWOON. lol Thanks for sharing! And I’m loving the new blog design!

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  • Ooh, your Christmas gingerbread brownies are just too gorgeous. And I could eat that frosting by the bowlful – delicious!

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  • Love the new look! And I totally agree that every holiday has been bumped up sooner and sooner..

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  • Absolutely love the new look. It’s gorgeous, you did a great job!!

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  • Love the new look! And these brownies look pretty great as well 🙂

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  • i love the new look! and these brownies….wowza.

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  • Love it my dear! Oh the places you’ll go 😉

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  • Thanks, Megan!! You’re always so supportive and I appreciate it so much!!

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  • Oh my goodness, Carrian – I love it!!! So beautiful in so many ways. I especially love the pretty color scheme. 🙂

    Well done, friend! Hopefully now you can catch your breath after all of your hard work!

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  • Congrats Carrian! A huge relief, I am sure!

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    • yes! And it’s all thanks to your hubster!

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  • Oh my gosh, Carrian! LOVE the new site! It’s so pretty and perfect! LOVE. Congrats–I know you’ve been working on this for awhile!

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  • Looks awesome, Carrian…love it!

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    • You’re the best, Mike! Thank you!!!!

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  • Yeah, Carrian!! The new site is beautiful. Definitely worth the wait and hard work. Congrats, girl! And the gingerbread brownies aren’t so bad either! 🙂

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  • LOVE the new look! These brownies sound amazing!

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    • Anna, thank you so much!!

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  • Love the new look, congratulations!

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    • Thanks! You’ve been so wonderful, Kalyn. I am sure grateful for you

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  • Carrian the site looks great! LOVE the new look so fresh and clean. And the brownies look pretty darn tasty themselves! Congrats!

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    • Thank you!! I think I deserve a month long nap now. Or nachos. Probably both 😉

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  • Love the new look! I have a box of Gingerbread Cake Mix in the pantry. I’ll have to try these.

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    • and I didn’t even know the mix existed until I accidentally let the little one put it in the cart. SCORE!

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  • Carrian, I love your new look! It’s so sleek and pretty, and it’s so you 🙂 and I love these brownies too. Mmm, gingerbread is one of my fave flavors for the holidays, and holy frosting–that itself looks insane.

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    • Hayley, you are always so stinkin’ sweet! Love your pretty face!

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  • LOVE the new look! Yay you!

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