Gingerbread (Old Recipe)

Marcia McCance


My mom loved recipes. She read them in magazines, exchanged them with friends, clipped, saved, and used them. But she had so many that she might make something once or twice and then she would move on to other things. She had her regular staple dishes (as everyone does) but every once in a while she would make something fantastic. I remember her making this recipe only once or twice but I fell in love with it. I knew I loved gingerbread because of this recipe. It was soft, warm, spiced just right, and tasted good with a little butter spread on it, like bread. My mouth is watering!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is one of those old-fashioned recipes with simple ingredients. It's delicious and tastes of Christmas. The gingerbread is soft, tender, and full of spices. The bread is not overly sweet and heavenly. We made it extra special by serving with sweetened whipped cream. A perfect recipe for the holiday season. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 6 votes

20 Min
30 Min


  • 2 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 c
  • 2/3 c
  • 1 c
  • 2
    whole eggs
  • 1 c
    hot water

How to Make Gingerbread (Old Recipe)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together: flour, ginger, cinnamon and baking soda in a medium bowl. Combine and set aside.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, and molasses in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended and smooth.
  3. Add 2 whole eggs; beat well.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture alternating with boiling water.
  5. Beat on low speed after each addition.
  6. Spoon batter into greased 9x13-inch square baking pan.
  7. Bake 350 for 30 minutes.

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About Gingerbread (Old Recipe)

Course/Dish: Cakes Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Holiday Baking
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Heirloom
Hashtag: #Gingerbread

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