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Old Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

This gingerbread recipe is perfect for the holidays or any time of the year! It's a small batch recipe that delivers a perfectly spiced small loaf of gingerbread. So easy to make and the perfect amount to serve one or two people.

a small gingerbread cake in a red baking dish.

Old fashioned gingerbread is perfect to enjoy during the holidays. It's a lovely treat to enjoy with coffee or tea and is delightful served as shown or with a dollop of whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar.

If you're cooking for one, you may hesitate to bake a big gingerbread cake. The typical gingerbread recipes yields 6 to 8 servings easily. That's why this delightful gingerbread recipe is perfect for those cooking for one - it's the ideal size.

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Every year when the holiday season begins, I can't wait to make homemade gingerbread. The warm spices fill my kitchen with wonderful aromas and I often wonder why I don't bake a small loaf of gingerbread year round.

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A square slice of gingerbread on a small plate with the baking dish in the background


As I often do with many of my mini cake recipes, I begin by scaling down a tried and true recipe. I took the gingerbread recipe that I've used for years which serves 8 people and scaled down the ingredients until I landed on this version and it's wonderful!

This small loaf of gingerbread is perfectly spiced, has a tender crumb, and is incredibly delicious.

The recipe yields about 4 squares of gingerbread depending on the size of your squares.

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Ingredients In Gingerbread

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

For this Gingerbread For One recipe, I use:

  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Molasses
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Cloves
  • Salt
  • Hot Water

Pro Tip: Please don't toss the egg white. Consider using the single egg white in the following ways:

an overhead picture of a square piece of gingerbread on a white plate.

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How To Make Gingerbread

Scroll down for the complete recipe instructions.

  1. Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolk, and mix in molasses.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Pour into the sugar/butter mixture and mix well.
  3. Stir in hot water.
  4. Pour into a buttered dish and bake for 30 minutes.

The success of this recipe depends on the size of the baking dish you use. I use a 5-inch dish which measures 5-inches x 5-inches and is 1 3/4-inches deep. For best results, use a dish of similar size. Two small 8-ounce ramekins or two mini loaf pans would work well with this recipe too.

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If you like gingerbread, you might also like to try our Gingerbread Granola!

Other Single Serving and Small Batch Holiday Recipes

Although I love these recipes year round, you might like to consider making one or more of these holiday treats at Christmas or any other special holiday.

Gingerbread For One | One Dish Kitchen

Gingerbread For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cake
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup hot water


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 5-inch baking dish or dish of similar size.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the egg yolk, and mix in the molasses.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Pour into the sugar/butter mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in the hot water.
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in pan before slicing.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 330mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2.1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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29 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe”

  1. Thanks for the amazon link. Just ordered the casserole dish. Love gingerbread but I live alone so this is perfect for me

  2. I made this recipe and it yielded six muffins and I baked them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes…cooled them and served with cool whip.

  3. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe it’s the perfect amount of sweetness. I baked it in my 8” iron skillet and it baked in 25 minutes. I wrapped it in siran wrap while it was still warm but still able to remove it from the pan. It was even better the next day.

  4. While my wife was shopping fabric @ Joann’s, I picked up a 6X6X2 Wilton pan, just for these type recipes. Might not be as deep as this finished gingerbread but, I’m certain it will be good.. :O)

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