Easy Gingerbread Milkshake


Whipping up a batch of Gingerbread Milkshakes has become a delightful tradition in our home, especially adored by my kids. Their eyes light up with every sip of this festive, spiced treat, and I relish the joy of creating these simple yet magical moments. It’s a perfect blend of holiday cheer and sweet family memories.

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What is a Gingerbread milkshake?

A Gingerbread Milkshake is a festive and creamy beverage that blends the warm, spiced flavors of gingerbread with the richness of ice cream. It typically includes ingredients like ginger, cinnamon, and molasses, often garnished with whipped cream and crumbled gingerbread cookies, capturing the essence of the holiday season in a delightful, sippable treat.

How To Make Gingerbread Milkshakes

Embrace the holiday spirit with these easy-to-make Gingerbread Milkshakes, a festive favorite that combines classic gingerbread flavors with creamy delight. Perfect for a cozy family treat, these milkshakes are sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.


Vanilla Ice Cream: Serves as the creamy base of the milkshake, providing a smooth texture and a sweet, vanilla flavor that complements the gingerbread spices.

Milk: Used to adjust the consistency of the milkshake, making it easier to blend and drink. It also adds creaminess without overpowering the other flavors.

Gingerbread Cookies: The key ingredient for the gingerbread flavor. Crumbled cookies infuse the milkshake with the classic taste of gingerbread, including the spices and molasses notes.

Molasses: Enhances the depth of flavor, adding a rich, slightly smoky sweetness that is characteristic of traditional gingerbread.

Ground Ginger: Provides the signature spicy warmth associated with gingerbread, contributing to the overall holiday flavor profile.

Ground Cinnamon: Adds a sweet and woody spice, complementing the ginger and contributing to the warm spice blend typical in gingerbread.

Nutmeg: Offers a slightly nutty and sweet spice, rounding out the flavor profile and adding to the complexity of the milkshake.

Whipped Cream (for topping): Adds a decorative and creamy element on top, enhancing the visual appeal and providing a light, sweet contrast to the spiced milkshake.


  1. Blend the Base: In a blender, combine the vanilla ice cream, milk, crumbled gingerbread cookies, molasses, ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Blend until smooth.
  2. Adjust Consistency: If the milkshake is too thick, add a little more milk. If it’s too thin, add a bit more ice cream.
  3. Garnish and Serve: Pour the milkshake into glasses. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of crumbled gingerbread cookies or a dash of cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy: Serve immediately and enjoy the festive flavors of your Gingerbread Milkshake!

Easy Gingerbread Milkshake

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: DessertsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Indulge in the festive cheer with this easy-to-make Gingerbread Milkshake, blending the warm spices of gingerbread with creamy ice cream for a delightful holiday treat.


  • 2 cups 2 Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Milk

  • 3 3 -4 Gingerbread Cookies (crumbled, plus extra for garnish)

  • 1 tablespoon 1 Molasses

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 Ground Ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 Ground Cinnamon

  • A pinch of Nutmeg

  • Whipped Cream (for topping)

  • Candy Cane (Optional)


  • Place 2 cups of vanilla ice cream in a blender.
  • Add 1/2 cup of milk to the blender.
  • Crumble 3-4 gingerbread cookies and add them to the mixture.
  • Include 1 tablespoon of molasses.
  • Sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • Add a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the milkshake into glasses.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Garnish with additional crumbled gingerbread cookies.
  • Optionally, add a candy cane for decoration.

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Tips & Tricks

  1. Opt for Quality Ice Cream: Choose a high-quality vanilla ice cream for a richer, creamier milkshake base.
  2. Adjust Spice to Taste: Tailor the amount of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg to suit your preference for a personalized spice level.
  3. Chill Glasses Beforehand: Serve your milkshake in pre-chilled glasses to keep it cold and refreshing for longer.
  4. Freshly Crumble Cookies: Crumble the gingerbread cookies just before blending to maintain their texture and flavor in the milkshake.
  5. Garnish Creatively: Use whipped cream, extra crumbled cookies, and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for an appealing and festive presentation.

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Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino: If you’re a fan of Starbucks, try this homemade version of their popular Vanilla Bean Frappuccino.

Dr Pepper Vanilla Float Recipe: For a unique twist, this recipe combines the classic flavors of Dr Pepper with the creamy richness of vanilla ice cream.

McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie: Enjoy the tropical flavors of mango and pineapple in this refreshing smoothie.

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake: A seasonal favorite, this minty shake is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or whenever you crave its unique flavor.

Red Robin Campfire Sauce Recipe: Dive into the bold and smoky flavors of Red Robin’s Campfire Sauce with this easy copycat recipe – a perfect blend for dipping, spreading, and spicing up your favorite meals!

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Wrapping Up

As we wrap up, it’s clear that these Gingerbread Milkshakes are more than just a delightful holiday treat; they’re a celebration of festive flavors and family moments.

Easy to make and joyous to share, each sip is infused with the essence of the season. Whether you’re enjoying a cozy evening at home or looking for a special treat to share with loved ones, these milkshakes are sure to spread cheer and warmth.

So, gather your ingredients, blend up some holiday magic, and toast to the sweet moments that make this season so special. Happy holidays and happy blending!


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