This is the time of year when everyone needs a recipe for easy gingerbread in their back pocket, because Christmas = Gingerbread. And while I am always so impressed by everyone who has the talent and patience to make gingerbread men and gingerbread houses, in my kitchen the gingerbread comes in the old-fashioned classic form. Soft, warm, dusted with powdered sugar and ready in a jiffy for when you need just one more dessert. And at this time of year, who doesn’t need one more dessert? Let’s make gingerbread!
[Tweet “This easy gingerbread recipe is good for the holidays and all year round! “]For me, gingerbread also has one additional sweet advantage, and that is that it will always and forever remind me of my dad. He wasn’t so much a chocolate dessert lover, but if you said gingerbread his eyes lit up. And so every now and then I would try and make a gingerbread something or other just for him.
You could also totally rely on him to rock a Peanuts tie on Christmas. Just one of a million things that showed his merry outlook on life on Christmas Day and always.
Meantime, this easy and classic gingerbread recipe is a quick mixture of flour and spices combined with molasses, butter, sugar, egg and a few other things that I’m sure you already have in your pantry right this minute. Pour the spicy and sweet batter into a square baking pan and about 40 minutes later you will have a lovely, aromatic gingerbread, all ready to be dusted with powdered sugar.
And with that, I want to wish you and your family a peaceful, merry holiday. I’ll be back again after Christmas…until then, love and gingerbread from me to you!Print
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup very hot water
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Line a 9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350.
- Combine flour, spices and baking soda in a mixing bowl and stir until combined.
- Take a second larger mixing bowl and combine molasses, sugar, butter and hot water. Stir until butter is melted. Whisk in egg until combined.
- Add flour mixture to molasses mixture and stir until just combined. Scrape batter into pan.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool, then cut into squares. Dust with powdered sugar and serve!