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A serving of old fashioned gingerbread with lemon glaze on a serving plate.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze

Moist and cakey old-fashioned gingerbread scented with warm spices and topped with a sweet-tart lemon glaze.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9 servings
Calories 399kcal


For the Gingerbread:

  • cup butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Cooking Spray

For the Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • Grated rind of one lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


Make the Gingerbread:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat the margarine or butter at medium speed until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, beating well. Add molasses and egg and beat well. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then pour Warm Lemon Glaze over gingerbread.
  • Serve immediately.

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until warm.



Serving: 1g | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 421mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 4mg