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

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Greased and flour one 9 inch square pan.

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  • Cream together the sugar and butter or margarine. Add egg, and beat well. Mix in the molasses.

  • 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.

  • Pour batter into pan and bake for one hour. Allow to cool in pan and serve.

Nutrition Facts

211 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 36.7g; fat 6.3g; cholesterol 26.9mg; sodium 244.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2007
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. Read More
(125)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2007
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. Read More
(125)
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2005
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. Read More
(95)
Rating: 4 stars
11/21/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2010
Pumpkin! I've made this several times and loved it, but my favorite batch was when I added just over 1/2 cup pumpkin to it. The pumpkin makes it so nice and moist as well as gives it a firm texture. I doubled the spices with the pumpkin and it is just right. I will definitely add pumpkin every time. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2021
I’ve never made a Gingerbread cake before, and this recipe was perfect. Simple and delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2018
This gingerbread is my standard dessert on Christmas Day. I’ve made it three times now, and it’s been perfect every time. Read More
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