This gingerbread is lightly sweetened, tender, moist and dense!

It has that classic, down-home gingerbread flavor and aroma that will have your entire home smelling all merry and Christmasy!

Don’t skip the glaze!! It’s a must and makes it oh so lovely paired with the spices!

Throw some vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce on top, and I’m a happy girl! Or a nice sprinkling of powdered sugar and a steaming mug of coffee would lift my skirt for sure!

Feel free to adjust the spices to your liking. Some people like it SPICY with lots of cloves, black pepper, and ginger. I’m not one of those people. I prefer a stronger cinnamon-ginger taste, so if you’re with me, you’ll enjoy this recipe!

It indeed has all of those holiday feels!



☛ ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
☛ 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
☛ 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
☛ 1 egg, room temperature
☛ 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
☛ ¾ cup molasses (unsulfured)
☛ 2½ cups all-purpose flour
☛ 1 teaspoon baking powder
☛ ½ teaspoon baking soda
☛ ½ teaspoon salt
☛ 1 tablespoon cinnamon
☛ ¼ teaspoon clove
☛ 1½ teaspoons ginger
☛ ¾ cup hot water
☛ ¼ cup buttermilk


☛ 1 cup powdered sugar
☛ 1 tablespoon milk or coffee cream
☛ splash of vanilla extract or maple extract


⏩Preheat oven to 350°F.
⏩Grease and flour a 9 x 5 glass loaf pan. Set aside.
⏩In a large bowl cream together brown sugar, butter, and oil.
⏩Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
⏩Mix in molasses. Set aside.
⏩In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, thoroughly.
⏩Whisk in cinnamon, clove, and ginger.
⏩Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredient, alternating with the water and buttermilk.
⏩Stir just until flour is combined. (do not over stir or bread will not be fluffy)
⏩Pour into prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
⏩Bake on middle rack for 55-60 minutes ( or until the cake tester inserted in center comes on with moist crumbs clinging to it)
⏩Remove from oven and let cool in pan until warm (bread will continue cooking as it cools so be careful not to overbake
⏩Once the pan is warm, remove bread and let cool completely on a cooling rack.
⏩To make the glaze, combine all glaze ingredients until silky.
⏩Drizzle glaze over completely cooled bread and allow to set before serving.
⏩Store in an airtight container.
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