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Star Wars, Doctor Who and Star Trek gingerbread to geek up your holidays

These tasty gingerbread creations of Darth Vader, Millennium Falcon, Iron Throne, U.S.S. Enterprise ship, the Tardis, Smaug the dragon will make any festive meal a bit geekier.

This gingerbread Millennium Falcon is the kind of treat Chewbacca would eat for a snack.

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It's holiday time, and many of us are tired of seeing the same old gingerbread houses with their candy cane fences and chocolate cookie roofs. Let's face it. Those predictable one-story gingerbread suburban homes look downright sad compared with an Iron Throne or a Tardis built with gingerbread.

One of my favorite geeky gingerbread creations has to be the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. It's considered the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, but when you re-create it with gingerbread it quickly becomes the tastiest ship that can make the Kessel Run to my stomach in less than 12 parsecs.

Even if you don't feel motivated to make your own gingerbread Millennium Falcon, watching the process broken down step by step in a time-release video is incredibly mesmerizing.

If you want an even easier gingerbread Millennium Falcon, try using graham crackers, candy and frosting instead like blogger Tony Kim. "Try building a solid internal structure made from cardboard, then build on top of that," Kim suggested. "Don't use too many different items because repetition is key to bringing your design together. Always have fun."

Swedish 3D artist and baker Caroline Eriksson puts us all to shame with her impressive gingerbread Darth Vader. But Star Wars fans aren't the only ones who like to spend the holidays building geeky gingerbread homages. Recently, we've seen the Iron Throne and King's landing from "Game of Thrones" in gingerbread form.

Star Trek fans have paid tribute to the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Borg cube in gingerbread. Even Transformers fans like building a giant gingerbread Optimus Prime. Doctor Who fans have made gingerbread versions of a Tardis and the K-9 dog robot companion.

And not to leave out dragons, here is Eriksson's gingerbread sculpture of Smaug. While it looks like the real dragon from "The Hobbit," you're far less likely to be in danger if you sneak up on this gingerbread version.