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Mom's Old-Fashioned Gingerbread | From Valerie's Kitchen
Mom's Old Fashioned Gingerbread
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A sweet and simple holiday classic from my mom's recipe binder. Mom's Old-Fashioned Gingerbread is perfectly spiced with ginger, cinnamon, and rich, delicious molasses. The flavors of Christmas!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 261 kcal
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsulphured molasses I use Grandma's Original Unsulphured
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered sugar and whipped cream for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a 8" or 9" square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Use an electric mixer to cream together the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl. Add molasses and egg and beat until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt. Use a spoon to blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Add hot water and stir until well incorporated and batter is smooth. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes, or untili toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  5. It is delicious served slightly warm, topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream!
Recipe Notes
For a large sheet cake, recipe can be doubled and baked in a large rimmed baking sheet (approximately 16" x 12"). Follow exactly as directed but reduce baking time to approximately 28 to 30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Mom's Old Fashioned Gingerbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 562mg16%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 35g39%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 342IU7%
Calcium 85mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.