Mini Gingerbread Loaves with Cream Cheese Glaze

Mini Gingerbread Loaves with Cream Cheese Glaze

One of the things I love most about this season is giving. Giving heartfelt hugs to my family and friends, giving them a nice compliment, and best of all, giving them a gift home-baked from my kitchen. Besides hugs and compliments, it’s the way I show my love the best!

Gingerbread Loaf

These spiced, soft gingerbread loaves with cream cheese glaze will be going to a few special people, and with just a handful of basic ingredients and an hour, they can be part of your home, or a lucky recipient’s, too!

Gingerbread Recipe

I imagine, cuddled up with a cup of chai tea and a swipe of cinnamon-vanilla butter, a slice of this gingerbread loaf would be heaven on earth. For breakfast, dessert, a simple snack or anytime in between… no occasion needed to enjoy this tasty holiday treat!

Mini Gingerbread Loaves

The spiciness of the fresh ginger and warmth of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg make these gingerbread loaves an irresistible Christmastime indulgence, and a pretty sweet gift, too! Topped with a luscious cream cheese glaze and a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, these loaves are both pretty and palate-pleasing.

Add this one to the holiday baking list, and get your family involved in this easy and delicious recipe! You’ll have just as much fun making it as you will devouring it hot out of the oven, or giving it to a special someone!

Mini Gingerbread Loaves

Mini Gingerbread Loaves

Yield: 3 mini loaves / 1 cup glaze


Mini Gingerbread Loaves

  • ① 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ② 1 cup sugar
  • ③ 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ④ 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⑤ 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⑥ 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⑦ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⑧ 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Mini Gingerbread Loaves
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, syrup and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thin). Pour into three greased mini loaf pans.
  3. Bake at 325° for 38-41 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Brush with cream cheese glaze (recipe below) and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
  4. Cream Cheese Glaze
  5. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in medium bowl. Whisk until smooth. Spread glaze on warm gingerbread loaves, or use as desired.

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  1. Can you give approximate dimensions of the mini-loaf pan you used? Looks awesome!

  2. Hi Ellen – Thanks for your kind comment! The pans I used were 3.5″ W x 5″ L. Hope that helps.

  3. What gorgeous bread! Perfect for gift giving, especially with those cute little loaf pans.

  4. Perfect little Christmas gifts.
    :-) Mandy

  5. 5 stars
    These are adorable. What a perfect gift!

  6. 5 stars
    Love, love, LOVE these loaves. This bread sounds absolutely fantastic!

  7. What a lovely gift. Love the look of your gingerbread loaves and of those adorable mini-pans.

  8. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

  9. Just in time– I was wavering between traditional gingerbread or soft ginger cookies, but neither seemed absolutely right. These do!

  10. These are so cute, perfect for giving to family and friends. thanks!!

  11. Thanks for the sweet comment on my pumpkin biscotti! :)

    I’m posting a mini loaf of gingerbread for two very soon! :o

  12. 5 stars
    Delicious! Gingerbread and cream cheese glaze, Yum!!!

  13. im going to make this but i dont have mini pans….should i double the recipe and cook longer for normal sized loafs?

  14. Devynn – Bake the bread in a normal sized loaf pan for about one hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The recipe for three mini loaves will yield enough batter for one normal sized loaf. Enjoy!

  15. Can you substitute molasses for part of the maple syrup? Just wonder if this bread tastes more maple bread or more gingerbread-y. :) Thanks for any tips!

  16. Sure, sounds like a delicious idea to add molasses instead of maple!

  17. Kathy ellison says:

    Can I freeze? With or without glaze?

  18. You can freeze these wrapped in foil or wax paper, defrost and glaze once completely thawed.

  19. Kathy Witte says:

    Can’t find in recipe how many mini loafs one recipe makes. Did I just miss it?

  20. Hi Kathy! This recipe makes 3 mini loaves and 1 cup of glaze.

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