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Gingerbread Recipe

Gingerbread Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 232 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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eryngobra User ID: 8143903 214253
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."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 214059
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."

bevbailey User ID: 1830712 37573
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   [email protected]"

grandmamerry User ID: 2508465 37572
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!"

pumpkinbutter User ID: 2874138 37571
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."

Margot_76 User ID: 3173817 11615
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

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

onlymoira User ID: 4060265 43818
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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