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Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread


This is everyone's holiday favorite, even the busy cooks, because it is so easy to make.

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  • Calories:
  • 211 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 6.3 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 36.7g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Sodium:
  • 245 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Greased and flour one 9 inch square pan.
  2. Cream together the sugar and butter or margarine. Add egg, and beat well. Mix in the molasses.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and clove. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; add the hot water, and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into pan and bake for one hour. Allow to cool in pan and serve.
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This is a very dense gingerbread, just what I was looking for. The only thing I changed was I increased the spices a bit as we like things a bit spicer. I found this recipe to be plenty moist but I didn't cook it quite as long as the recipe called for, only about 45 minutes, but that could just be my oven. This cake gets better with age so make it a couple of days before you need it, the flavours seem to mellow. I served it with warm brandy sauce for our family dinner and it was delicious.


Made this nostalgic gingerbread for a gathering of 35 home school kids. Out of the 35 only three didn't care for it. Since molasses has a rather strong taste I was a bit surprised that so many kids loved it, but it brought requests for seconds! Several Mom's asked for the recipe which I gladly shared. I made 3 slight changes. I added about 3 T home made applesauce, 1/4 C sour cream and added a bit more of each spice. I baked this in 2 medium loaf pans, sliced when cool and then sprinkled with powdered sugar.


I changed the cinnamon and ginger to 2 tsp. and the cloves to 1 tsp. Flavor is excellent but next time I will add 1/2 c. applesauce to add a little moisture. Will definitely make again.