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Leavenworth's Gingerbread Factory cranks out cookies for the holidays

Leavenworth — It's the most magical time of the year. Especially if you're in the gingerbread biz.

"Well it's the time of year that we look forward to obviously, because I think we shine the best at Christmas," said Heidi Forchener, owner of The Gingerbread Factory.

From November through December, the bakers at this Leavenworth institution give Santa's elves a run for their...sprinkles.

Making thousands of gingerbread houses, and cookies by hand. Each one almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

"And it's fun to see what people eat first. The arms, the heads, the legs. Everybody has their little technique,” laughed Jeanetta Opstad, a baker at the Factory.

Forchener's family came from Germany. And so did the recipe that keeps this place thriving decade after decade. "It is a closely guarded secret, obviously a family secret, the business is celebrating its 30th anniversary right now, it's been kept for 30 years, so I'm not sure that we're going to be sharing it today," laughed Forchener.

Also, gingerbread is perfect for this business’s Leavenworth location: where you can see it in the town’s architecture, then eat it in this bakery.

"It fits very well with our Bavarian theme in town - gingerbread started out in Germany and it fits perfectly to the town," Forchener said.

The gingerbread gets shipped 'round the world from here. But nothing beats seeing, and smelling, these cookies in their natural habitat.

And though her recipe's a secret, there is one ingredient Heidi Forchener is willing to share.

“I do feel personally that gingerbread, and all kinds of food are a way to show love to people you care about,” said Forchener. “What better way to show love than with a warming cinnamon, clove and ginger cookie?”

The Gingerbread Factory takes orders until mid-December for holiday delivery. 

The Gingerbread Factory | 829 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826  | (509) 548-6592

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Gingerbread Factory

$ •Wraps, Dessert

829 Front St, Leavenworth
(509) 548-6592


Take-Out/Delivery Options




in-store shopping

accepts credit cards

accepts apple pay

gluten-free options

vegan options

touristy, casual

moderate noise

offers catering

good for groups

good for kids

good for breakfast, dessert

street parking

bike parking

free wi-fi

beer & wine only

wheelchair accessible

gender-neutral restrooms

staff wears masks

pasta fagioli soup

raspberry scone with raspberry butter

homemade chocolate chip cookies

outdoor seating

pets allowed

cinnamon rolls




breakfast food




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Have A Sweet Time at the Gingerbread Factory in Leavenworth

Access our Vacation Guide!Are you craving something sweet? No trip to our Bavarian village is complete without stopping by the Gingerbread Factory in Leavenworth! This quaint cafe specializes in tasty cookies and baked goods, but they also offer an array of other mouthwatering cuisine like sandwiches, soups, and more! Bring your sweet tooth to the Gingerbread Factory for delightful desserts or custom-made masterpieces that are almost too good to eat.

If you love the Gingerbread Factory in Leavenworth, you’ll also love the other dining options we have listed in our Leavenworth Vacation Guide. From Bavarian cuisine, pizza parlors, and fine-dining establishments, our handy guide has it all!

About the Gingerbread Factory in Leavenworth

The Gingerbread Factory in Leavenworth is the only place to find custom gingerbread houses as well as other scrumptious desserts. Visitors may either dine in the cafe or take their treats to-go. They even offer the option to buy gingerbread cookies online for local delivery! 

The highly-reputed shop opened its doors in 1988, quickly gaining attention and building a loyal customer base. Many visitors were intrigued by the shop’s charming exterior, which is designed to look exactly like a real gingerbread house! Of course, what kept them coming back was the variety of all things gingerbread. Come see for yourself why they are considered the best dessert in Leavenworth!

The bakery has made itself one of the Top 10 Restaurants in Leavenworth with more than just their delicious cookies. In fact, it is one of the best spots in town for mouthwatering foods including wraps, salads, sandwiches, and soups! Check out the Gingerbread Factory menu to see a complete list of delicious offerings. They also offer a full espresso bar and a cozy lounge for those who wish to stay and enjoy their meal. If you want to take in the stunning view and Leavenworth’s gorgeous weather, outdoor seating is also available. 

Tasty Treats at Gingerbread Factory in Leavenworth


This popular Leavenworth bakery offers a utopia of gourmet cookies! They come in nearly all flavors and a wide range of shapes and sizes. Here are just a few that are sure to delight your taste buds!

  • Decorated Gingerbread or Sugar Cookies
  • Lebkuchen Hearts
  • Gingerbread Squares
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Soft-Iced Gingerbread Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Oatmeal Raisin
  • White Chocolate Oatmeal Raisin
  • Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin
  • Gourmet Snickerdoodle
  • White Chocolate Ginger Oatmeal
  • Gluten-Free

Gingerbread Houses

In addition to cookies, one of the factory’s most ordered items is the customized gingerbread house! They provide a creative and delicious approach to the beloved dessert for nearly any occasion! Here are some of the most popular events that the factory caters to:

  • Birthdays
  • Christmas
  • Weddings
  • Baby-Gender Reveal
  • House-Warming Gift
  • Graduation
  • Proposals
  • “Welcome Home Soldiers”
  • Undecorated


Want to surprise your loved ones with something extra special? The Gingerbread Factory has a talented team of bakers and artists that are more than happy to provide you with a custom-made cookie or gingerbread house! From your favorite sports teams, superheroes, or personalized messages, you can have almost anything you want. Be sure to call the Gingerbread Factory to place your custom order in advance.

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Whether you’re looking to buy gingerbread man cookies or explore the Bavarian village, there is no place quite like Leavenworth, WA! We invite you to stay at Pine River Ranch, a charmingly rustic bed and breakfast just minutes from downtown Leavenworth. Our prime location provides you with peace and quiet in a beautiful setting near the many attractions in town. All of the best restaurants, shops, and activities are just minutes away!

Our rustic suites are ideal for couples on a romantic getaway. When you stay in our Chelan Suite, you can also enjoy spectacular views of the scenic Nason Ridge. Sink into the extremely comfortable King-sized bed, take a soak in the huge jetted tub, or warm up beside the fire. So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of our current specials and packages and book your stay today! Don’t forget to download your free copy of our Vacation Guide to help you start planning your big getaway!


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The Gingerbread Factory was nice but very unorganized.

It is extremely unorganized in a lot of ways. Scheduling is all over the place, opening and closing procedures are almost always never completed and/or changing, and they told us they were taking still shots on the cameras to see who they want to keep and who they want to let go at the end of the year with the minimum wage increase so it feels like you're walking on eggshells.

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