Southern Spicy Gingerbread

A great recipe for the holidays.

  • Servings: 9
  • Cook Time: 60 Min
  • Main Ingredient: Ginger


  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup Brer Rabbit® Blackstrap Molasses (can substitute with full or light flavor molasses)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • confectioner's sugar (for garnish)


In bowl, with electric mixer, beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in molasses. Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add flour mixture alternately with water to molasses mixture, blending well after each addition. Spread into greased 9 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Cut into squares; top with confectioners' sugar if desired. Makes 9 servings.