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Gingerbread

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Gingerbread is a classic homemade favorite for the holidays. Rich, moist, and sweet this delicious from-scratch recipe will become a Christmas tradition for your family.
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Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients for Gingerbread
  2. How to Make Gingerbread
  3. How Long to Bake Gingerbread
  4. Serving + Storing Gingerbread
  5. JUMP TO RECIPE

This old-fashioned gingerbread is a traditional holiday favorite. Dense, moist and rich, this simple cake is easy to mix and bake and is perfect to serve at Christmas gatherings.

Make sure you also check our gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cake, gingerbread truffles and gingerbread fudge for more gingerbread recipes!

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MORE CHRISTMAS RECIPES:
Soft Gingerbread CookiesTurtles | Ritz Cracker Toffee


Ingredients for Gingerbread

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You will need:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water

How to Make Gingerbread

START: Prepare a 9×9 pan by generously greasing and flouring or line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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STEP ONE: In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar.

STEP TWO: Add molasses and mix until combined.

STEP THREE: Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.

STEP FOUR: In a separate medium-size bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.

STEP FIVE: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet molasses mixture. Stir until combined.

STEP SIX: Carefully stir in the boiling water until smooth.

How Long to Bake Gingerbread

STEP SEVEN: Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.

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Serving + Storing Gingerbread

EATING: I love serving each slice still warm from the oven with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip. It’s also yummy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I suggest adding a dash of nutmeg on top as well. You could also sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

STORING: If you have any leftovers, store in an airtight container for up to three days.

Rich, moist, flavorful, and delicious, this classic homemade gingerbread is the perfect dessert to bake and offer during holiday parties and Christmas gatherings. We love this easy, traditional favorite!

TREATS: Christmas Crunch | Candy Cane Pie
COOKIES: Pinwheel Cookies| Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
CLASSICS: Peanut Butter Balls | Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Gingerbread

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Gingerbread is a classic homemade favorite for the holidays. Rich, moist, and sweet this delicious from-scratch recipe will become a Christmas tradition for your family.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a 9x9 pan by generously greasing and flouring or line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar.
  • Add molasses and mix until combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  • In a separate medium-size bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet molasses mixture. Stir until combined.
  • Carefully stir in the boiling water until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 653mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 342IU | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 4mg
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