Gingerbread Recipe
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Gingerbread Recipe

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My grandmother first made this gingerbread over 100 years ago. It was inexpensive, and the ingredients were always on hand. I remember that the kitchen smelled like heaven when Grandmother baked her gingerbread. The only thing better was when she took it out of the oven and served it with a generous topping of fresh whipped cream! —Ellouise Halstead, Union Grove, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:9 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 232 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Combine egg, sugar, molasses, butter and water; mix well. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, ginger and salt; add molasses mixture. Beat until well mixed. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm with whipped cream. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Gingerbread in Reminisce May/June 1993, p49

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Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"This was just off to me. No vanilla? No nutmeg? Not enough molasses that is for sure. This was dry and flavorless and a huge disappointment. It's okay, we found a much better one. If you are reading this, my advice is to avoid making this gingerbread."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2014

"This was not good. The texture was odd, as was the taste. I did use non-gluten flour and coconut sugar instead of regular flour and sugar. I have done that with other recipes and the substitutions worked, so I really think it was the recipe. Also, the recipe calls for "light molasses." I had to search on line to determine what is meant by "light molasses." It might have been better to indicate regular unsulfured molasses. I will not make this recipe again."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"onlymoira    could I possibly get your original gingerbread and the pizza crust recipes?

Been trying to message you numerous times...think this one might go thru as 
I don't think any of the others did makeit...sorry if they did as they'd be numerous
please send to"

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"I have not made this recipe yet, but I am looking forward to making it with my grandson! After reading reviews for this and many other recipes, I would suggest that folks who are having problems with blandness might do well to check the freshness of the spices they are using. After a year in a warm cupboard, often the spices that are the star of the recipe may need to be replaced with fresh ones. It can make all the difference in the world!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"My family and I love gingerbread but this recipe just seemed off. I followed recipe exact, but was very bland to us. I ended up throwing half of it out."

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