Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

Total Time
53 min
8 min
45 min
Applesauce keeps this traditional, dense, quick bread moist and delicious while making it healthier at the same time. Incorporating applesauce with the molasses and ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves makes for an excitingly sweet-spicy flavor combination. It'll bring out the best of this aromatic holiday classic and soon become part of your seasonal rotation. Plus, while it bakes, it'll make the house smell absolutely fantastic. Serve with a steaming hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate alongside and you'll find yourself in your own wintertime paradise.


All-purpose flour

1½ cup(s)

Baking powder

1 tsp

Baking soda

1 tsp

Ground ginger

1 tsp

Ground cinnamon

1 tsp

Ground cloves

¼ tsp

Table salt

¼ tsp


½ cup(s)


2 large egg(s)

Unsweetened applesauce

1 cup(s)


½ cup(s), light

Salted butter

¼ cup(s), melted

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Powdered sugar (confectioner's)

1 Tbsp


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next six ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Beat sugar and eggs with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add applesauce, molasses and butter; beat well.
  4. Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture, beating just until dry ingredients are moist. Pour batter into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325°F for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into 12 squares. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 square).