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!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light 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 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm with whipped cream. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Gingerbread in Reminisce May/June 1993, p49

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.

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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.

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

Very quick, easy and delicious! It can be made with pantry ingredients and is so festive for the season.

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

So super simple & classic!! My wonderful husband dreams of gingerbread and I love to make things from scratch...I hadn't made my nan's traditional gingerbread this year because it is NOT a simple recipe; while classic it is VERY involved :o)

This recipe was mixed up in literally less than 5 minutes and in the oven in less than 10. I had to distract my hubby while the cake cooled so we went for a short walk and WOW was this gingerbread a terrific treat to return to!

Definitely will be making it again!

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