Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

"Yummy sounding gingerbread recipe from John Zehnder, the Food/Beverage Director of Zehnder's Restaurant in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Prep time includes an hour for chilling."
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Ready In:
1hr 23mins
1 batch




  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cream together butter and sugar, then beat in molasses and egg.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter/sugar mixture and mix until well blended.
  • Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about a 3/4-inch thickness.
  • Cut into 3-inch squares, or use your choice of cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
  • Place on cookie sheets and bake 7-8 minutes.
  • Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  • If you plan to ice your gingerbread, prepare the icing now.
  • Mix all icing ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

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    These are pretty good. Softer than my original recipe i use. My recipe is more like a gingersnap. I did like the taste of these.
  2. slb2008
    This is so easy to work with, delicious tasting, and perfect results -- everytime! Thanks Reelani!
  3. pies & cakes & cookies ohmy!
    This is great. The end result is so authentic because they are so thick. They make great ginger men, old fashioned and good tasting. I think next time I'll decrease the ginger a bit. Just a little strong for my taste. Dough was easy to roll, and baked up nice and even, no soft spots, although with larger cutters, more time is needed. Chill time is a must. Thanks, this one is tops.
  4. Your Mom
    I loved these. I added extra cinnamon and rolled them in it as well:)Will make next year!
  5. nyc4me03
    Everything a gingerbread cookie should be- soft, cakey and fragrant. I didn't have any allspice so I used ground cloves instead and it turned out beautifully! 12/15/07- I just want to add that a year after finding this recipe on Zaar, I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! It's a winner every time and makes the best gingerbread cookies! This year, I did gingerbread pigs (for good luck!). The key to this cookie is to roll out the dough thick. Beautiful cookie!


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