Whole-Grain Gingerbread Recipe

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This recipe has a unique attribute: tasters can't tell the difference between the white flour and whole wheat flour version. If you're looking for a whole-grain recipe that's sure to please the whole family, this is it. It only takes a few minutes to put together, and bakes in about half an hour. For a quick and easy dessert that makes a great lunchbox snack (if you're lucky enough to have any left over), this gingerbread is the answer.—Taste of Home Cooking School
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cloves and nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup candied or crystallized ginger, optional
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. In a small bowl, combine the butter and molasses. Add to the flour mixture; mix until ingredients are moistened. Stir in water. Beat egg in buttermilk; stir into batter until well mixed. If desired, fold in ginger.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Gingerbread in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Winter 2009, p93

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sgronholz User ID: 1473861 234071
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"This gingerbread is so good! My husband is not a big fan of whole grain foods, but he enjoyed this as much as I did. We especially liked the addition of the candied ginger!"

juanwats User ID: 3560044 117217
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"This is the best gingerbread. Easy to make and with the candied ginger puts it over the top."

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