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Grandma's Recipes One By One!


on November 12, 2014

Believe it or not, we had our first snow here in Minnesota this week! Luckily we live where we were on the southern edge of it, so we only had 2-3 inches. Tradition has it, that on the first measurable snowfall of the season, I would make gingerbread for my kids’ after school snack. There were arguments over the years, as to exactly how much snow had to fall to initiate the gingerbread making. Sometimes the kids would come home and expect it because we had a dusting. No. This had to be measurable snowfall. The anticipation of the warm and spicy smell of it when they opened the door, coming in from the white and snowy outside world was what it was all about. Well, we still have one child living at home after college and the tradition still stands. I’ve been making this Gingerbread for 20-25 years and I’m sharing it today! It’s from my big old Betty Crocker Cookbook that I got for Christmas from my mom and dad in 1982.


This cookbook has been a staple for our family. I actually have 2 pieces of dictionary art that I made (on the walls in the kitchen) that used the recipes for Spaghetti and Noodles Alfredo from this book. These recipes were made so much that I decided to immortalize them! Ha!


This is a good one!

Here is the recipe as I made it:


2 1/3 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup molasses

3/4 cup hot water

1/2 cup shortening (I used butter)

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Grease and flour 8″ x 8″  or 9″ x 9″ square pan.

Beat all ingredients in large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds.

Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 3 minutes.

Pour into pan.

Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.

You can serve it with the toppings shown in the above recipe, or just sift powdered sugar over top (to simulate the afore-mentioned snow outside!),


It makes a nice, thick batter.


You can see the snow outside – waaaaaay too early in the season.


The fragrance of this cake in the oven fills the house. It’s so comfy-cozy.


Give this one a try. It’s a great way to start a tradition your family will love and anticipate every year!




3 responses to “Gingerbread

  1. mom says:


  2. Crooked Tracks says:

    I recognize that cook book 🙂

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