This Gingerbread House Milkshake recipe is sure to be your new Christmas tradition! It’s a fun holiday freak shake — complete with a candy decorated glass — that will indulge your sweet tooth and add delight to your festivities!
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Have you heard of the term “freak shake?? A freak shake is an over-the-top shake that always includes more than just the milkshake and whipped cream. It usually includes extras such as frosted rim, candies and even baked treats like cookies, donuts, or a slice of cake. Yes, you read that right! They are truly epic and out of this world.
Today’s recipe is simple Christmas freak shake inspired by one of the best holiday activities: decorating gingerbread houses! Rather than decorating a house, this recipe has you decorating a glass of delicious gingerbread milkshake with frosting and Christmas candies. Kids will love these, but who says kids have to have all the fun? These can make just about anyone smile, regardless of age.
You can serve these Gingerbread House Milkshakes anytime during the holidays, but we think they are especially fun while decorating the Christmas tree, watching Christmas movies, or served at a party. Or, how about making them a new tradition for Christmas Eve? Regardless of when you make these, we’re sure you’re going to want to make these year after year.
Gingerbread House Milkshake Recipe Ingredients
For this easy Gingerbread House Milkshake recipe, you will need:
- Vanilla Ice Cream and Milk
- Spices (Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Allspice)
- Vanilla Extract
- Vanilla Frosting
- Gingersnap Cookies and Gingerbread Man Cookies
- Assorted Candies (Old-Fashioned Holiday Candy Mix, Peppermint Candies, and Gumdrops)
Oh, and see those adorable gingerbread man cookies in our photos? Those are from the Dollar Tree! You can find them in a 2-pack cellophane package in the Christmas candy section. If you can’t find them at your Dollar Tree, you can usually buy gingerbread man cookies in the Christmas food section of many grocery stores. If you’d rather buy online, these would work well: Archway Holiday Gingerbread Man Cookies. And here’s a homemade gingerbread men cookies recipe if you prefer.
In addition to the food ingredients listed above, you’ll also need two glasses that are about 10-12 ounces each (or more than 2 glasses if you are multiplying this recipe). We also recommend serving these Gingerbread House Milkshakes with colorful straws.
The first step is to generously apply the vanilla frosting to the rims and the top edge of two milkshake serving glasses. You’ll want to apply enough frosting so it covers about 1-2″ of the top edge of the glass.
Immediately, apply your assortment of candies to the frosting. The frosting serves as an edible “glue” to hold the candies. You can apply the candies in any order or style you prefer. After adding the candies to the glass, place the glasses in the refrigerator to chill for at least 20 minutes. checking on them about halfway through to make sure none have slipped down (if so, push them back into place with a bit more frosting, if necessary). Placing in the refrigerator will help to set/harden the frosting.
Next, you are ready to make your milkshake. Get out your blender and scoop the vanilla ice cream into it. Add all of your spices and sprinkle in your crushed gingersnap cookies. Add the vanilla extract and milk and blend for 30 to 45 seconds or until completely thick and creamy.
Pour the gingerbread milkshake into the prepared candy-rimmed serving glasses. Garnish with a generous helping of whipped cream and additional candies. Insert a colorful straw and place a gingerbread man cookie on top rim of the glasses. If necessary, you can use a bit more frosting on the rim to hold the gingerbread man in place. Placing the straw right behind the gingerbread man also helps. ENJOY!!
Gingerbread House Milkshakes Recipe
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Gingerbread House Milkshakes Recipe
- Yield: 2 (10-12 oz) milkshakes
4 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk
6 gingersnap cookies, crushed
1/4 cup ready to spread vanilla frosting
6 peppermint candies
1/4 cup spiced gumdrops
1/4 cup old-fashioned holiday candy mix
2 gingerbread cookies
1. Generously apply the vanilla frosting to the rims and top (1-2”) of two milkshake serving glasses.
2. Immediately, apply peppermint candies, gumdrops and old-fashioned holiday mix candies to the frosting.
3. Chill the serving glasses in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to allow the candies to harden to the frosting.
2. Scoop the ice cream into a large blender. Add the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Sprinkle the crushed gingersnap cookies on top.
3. Add the vanilla and milk and blend for 30 to 45 seconds or until completely thick and creamy.
4. Pour the gingerbread milkshake into the serving glasses. Garnish with a generous helping of whipped cream and additional candies. Insert a colorful straw and place a gingerbread cookie on top. ENJOY!!
NOTE: These adorable gingerbread cookies were purchased from Dollar Tree. You can find them in a 2 pack cellophane package in the Christmas candy section.