Holiday Gingerbread Muffins

"A wonderful treat to make for the holidays. If you make Gingerbread or fruitcake (heh) you really should try something different like these, You just might love them! 8)"
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Ready In:
12 muffins




  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease 12 muffin cup/tins.
  • In medium bowl, beat the egg, applesauce, oil, molasses and 1/2 cup sugar.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and add to first mixture.
  • Stir in the water, mixing well.
  • Fill the muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Lightly sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until done.

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  1. This is a winner in my house! Just be careful not to over bake.. they dry out fast!<br/>Can't count how many batches I've already made! Thanks!
  2. Oh my.. these muffins are perfection! On the inside, they're light and fluffy, and the tops of them are a bit crunchy. They have just the right amount of sweetness. My mom and sister couldn't even think of words to describe how wonderful these muffins are, they just went "Mmmmmmnom!" I used 1 c. of whole wheat flour and 1/2 c. all purpose, so I added an extra 1/4 tsp. of baking soda. I got ten big muffins. Thanks for posting!
  3. Very good muffins! Nice and moist.
  4. Wonderful!! I made this recipe in an 8x8 cake pan, because my husband doesn't care for muffins. It turned out beautifully and the time was the same. I think next time I will add a little orange zest-you know how we Zaars love to tweak everything! Carole in Orlando
  5. mmm... Great Christmas Eve-morning breakfast. I served them with boiled eggs and orange slices. My family realy liked them. I didn't have applesauce or molasses so I used a pealed and chopped apple and dark Karo syrup. But I can't wait to try them with molasses which is much more nutritional. Thanks for sharing! Liz


  1. I loved these muffins, the spices and the amount of sugar in them are just right. I replaced 1/2 of the flour with whole wheat pastry flour and use allspice instead of clove because that is what I have. I did not sprinkle them with sugar before baking but even without the sugar, a crust was formed on the muffin, which gives it a lovely texture.
  2. I added 1/2 cup of raisins and replaced one tbsp of molasses with sugar and applesauce because I didn't want the molasses taste to be too strong. I also replaced 1/3 of the flour with whole wheat flour. All in all a good recipe for a holiday breakfast.
  3. Mmmm, these are worth making just for the smell alone! I loved how quickly this could be thrown together...I did like a lot of the reviewers and used 1/2 c. applesauce instead of adding oil and added a tiny bit of brown sugar, allspice and dried orange peel. Just perfect for on-the-go breakfasts and great for the whole family. A definite keeper - thanks!


Hey there!~ My name is Crystal. I am 19,and living in Florida. I really love to cook,& bake all the time for my family.I just get so much enjoyment out of it! There is just something about the great aroma throughout the house when you bake something,creating special memories in the kitchen! A little more about me: I am a strict vegetarian,(almost vegan!,heh)but of course my whole family is not,so I cook just about anything! Other than cooking-I like to read,surf the net and create art. My favorite websites are: & (I'm wiccan) Of course,the Zaar has become my favorite website! I love how friendly the people are and how interactive this place is!
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