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Gingerbread [1][2][3] is normally in the form of a cake or cookie dessert.


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped topping


Combine cream shortening and sugar, beat in egg. Then add in the water and molasses. Finally add the flour, ginger, baking soda and salt; beat well after each addition. Smooth into a greased 8" square (traditional) baking pan. Slide into a 350 degree F oven for ~30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (optional) To serve with a whipped cream topping.


  1. Benoit, Madame (1987). Cooks at Home. Les Éditions Héritage Inc.. pp. 217-218. ISBN 2762558972. 
  2. Taste of Home. Taste of Home. 2002. pp. 41. 
  3. Crocker, Betty (1979). Betty Crocker's Cookbook New and Revised Edition. Golden Press/New York Western Publishing Company, Inc.. pp. 257. ISBN 78-52003.