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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe: Quick and Easy

Homemade gingerbread your whole family will love!

This makes the perfect dessert for cold winter days and holiday gatherings. Rich, spicy, and not-to-sweet. You will want to serve this with hot coffee for the adults and cold milk for the kids.

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Old Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

REAL Gingerbread is Amazing

I remember my mom making gingerbread when I was a teen. She baked it up into a fluffy cake and added a dollop of homemade whipped cream. It was spicy, rich, and divine. Up until then, I had no idea gingerbread was anything other than a crunchy cookie that would never be my first choice.

I’ll be honest, traditional gingerbread isn’t something I make often, but it is perfect chilly winter days and holiday celebrations.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread recipe

Traditional gingerbread starts with all the ingredients you would expect. Ginger, cinnamon, butter, molasses, brown sugar…making this always makes me feel like I’m in Laura Ingalls book…never a bad thing.

This traditional gingerbread recipe will leave your family begging for more!

This recipe is simple to make. Start by combining the dry ingredients.

This traditional gingerbread recipe is perfect for holiday gatherings.

You combine the butter, hot water, molasses, and brown sugar until the butter melts.

This old fashioned gingerbread recipe does not disappoint!

Pour the wet ingredients into mixing bowl with dry ingredients.

This old fashioned gingerbread recipe is easy to make is a rich dessert to be served with a dollop of whipped cream.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured pan. I really love using my 8-inch cast iron pan for this.

This old fashioned gingerbread recipe will leave your guests begging for more.

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

This rustic gingerbread recipe is perfect served with fresh whipped cream.

Whip up some fresh cream (unless you’re lucky enough to own this…still on my wish list). Or serve with cranberry fluff.

Homemade gingerbread served with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Serve this amazing dessert with freshly popped corn, coffee, and milk.

Old fashioned gingerbread recipe.

It won’t disappoint!

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

This gingerbread is baked in an 8-inch cast iron skillet. This creates a warm, rustic dessert that brings back nostalgic memories. 

Course Dessert
Keyword bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1.5 cups flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ginger ground
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. Prepare cast iron skillet by rubbing with butter and sprinkling with flour. 

  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. 

  4. In separate bowl combine butter, brown sugar, molasses, and hot water. Mix until butter is almost melted. 

  5. Mix in egg and vanilla. 

  6. Combine wet and dry ingredients until batter is free of lumps.

  7. Pour batter into skillet.

  8. Combine wet and dry ingredients until batter is free of lumps. Pour batter into skillet. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

  9.  Let cool and cut into 8-10 equal slices. Serve with fresh whipped cream and berries. 



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