Old Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

This wonderful gingerbread recipe is perfect for the holidays or any time of the year! A small batch of sweet, perfectly spiced old fashioned gingerbread. This “gingerbread for one” is easy to make and is the perfect amount for one or two people.

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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.

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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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 recipe 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

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:

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How To Make Gingerbread

Scroll down for the complete recipe instructions.

Step 1

Cream together sugar and butter. Beat in egg yolk, and mix in molasses.

Step 2

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Pour into the sugar/butter mixture and mix well.

Step 3

Stir in hot water.

Step 4

Pour into a buttered baking 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 baking 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!

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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.

Small Batch Sugar Cookies

Homemade Eggnog

Pecan Pie

Microwave Fudge

Easy Gingerbread Recipe

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Gingerbread For One

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 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
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The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionists’ advice.

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17 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe”

  1. 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)

  2. In the UK we use treacle to make gingerbread. It gives gingerbread a lovely dark colour. Molasses is more of an American ingredient.
    I will give this recipe a go using treacle.
    Thanks for posting it.

    1. Hi Linda,

      Although I haven’t tried it, some readers have mentioned that they have used honey instead of molasses. If you make the gingerbread with honey, please let me know how it turns out.


  3. I will make this soon as it was always a favorite of my husband, and our three sons when they were still at home. I always served it with a hot lemon sauce we were always just crazy about. I’d be happy to share my recipe for it and you can downsize it, too, perhaps? This is a great size to cut into fourths and share with my two small grandchildren. I love that! Thank you!

    1. Joanne, I’m sorry but I haven’t tested the recipe using almond flour so I can’t tell you how it would turn out. If you make the gingerbread with almond flour please let me know how it worked.

  4. Evelyn Fitzpatrick

    I will definitely make this because I love gingerbread. One small problem, the print version of the recipe says it makes four servings. Shouldn’t’t that be one serving?

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