A Delicious Gingerbread Recipe for the Holidays

Every year the company I work for hosts a Thanksgiving feast for the employees. The company provides the meat, stuffing, cranberry sauce and rolls and employees are asked to bring a side or a dessert. This year was my second time experiencing the Thanksgiving feast. The first year I didn't make anything because I had just started working the week before and my living situation didn't provide time to bake or cook. Since I'm settled into my own place, I decided to bake a dessert. My pick was gingerbread which is a recipe I hadn't made in years.

Try out this Better Homes and Gardens recipe for gingerbread that is great for a holiday party. | arelaxedgal.com

I couldn't find my grandfather's recipe so the one I ended up using was taken from the 2006 edition of the Better Homes and Garden Cook Book:
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 35 minutes
  • Cool: 30 minutes
  • Makes: 9 servings

Try out this Better Homes and Gardens recipe for gingerbread that is great for a holiday party. | arelaxedgal.com

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup mild-flavored molasses
1/2 cup

Steps
1. Preheat oven to 350 decrees F
2. Grease a 9 x 1 1/2 inch round cake pan (I used another type of baking dish)
3. In a medium bowl stir together flower, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and baking soda; set aside
4. In a large mixing bowl beat the shorting with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds (I think I ended up doing it for more since I didn't keep track of time). Add brown sugar; beat until well combined. Add egg and molasses; beat for 1 minute more. Alternately add flower mixture and water to shortening mixture, beating on low speed after each addition is combined. Spread batter into the prepared pan

5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean
6. Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes. Serve warm

The gingerbread came out tasting delicious, so I would use this recipe again for another holiday party.

What's your favorite holiday dessert recipe?
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