12/09/2015 06:00 am ET Updated Dec 16, 2015

11 Next-Level Gingerbread Cookies That Stir Up Tradition

These new takes are simply irresistible.
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Gingerbread cookies rarely rank as number one when it comes to the best Christmas cookies. They make the rounds every year because they're part of the holiday tradition, but when faced with competition from beautifully iced sugar cookies and chocolatey peppermint cookies they don't stand a chance -- until now.

We've found some new takes on gingerbread cookies that are making us think this might be the only cookie worth baking this holiday season. From cute new ways to decorate the classic gingerbread men to giving them new shapes and purposes (aside from feeding Santa), we have the gingerbread recipes you need to fall in love with this classic cookie again.  

Here are 10 new ways to rethink your gingerbread cookies -- and take them up a notch this season.

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