This year, I wanted to do a slightly different take on a Christmas classic--something grown folks might appreciate a bit more than a typical house or cookie! These loaves of bourbon-glazed gingerbread are baked up in disposable cardboard pans, which make them perfect for gifting. Just add some ribbon and you've got the perfect homemade present for a coworker or neighbor. I found the pans at my local HomeGoods but you can also buy them here in a variety of colors.
If you are baking these up to eat or serve in your own home, this recipe makes one normal-sized loaf of dense, chewy, rich gingerbread. The base of the bread itself is your run-of-the-mill gingerbread recipe, with molasses, ginger, clove, and cinnamon providing the classic flavor and a deep, brown color. The bourbon glaze is very simple but potent: powdered sugar, vanilla, and bourbon whiskey. You can tone down [or amp up] the amount of whiskey as you see fit. I do not recommend this recipe for individuals under 21 as the alcohol is soaked into the bread rather than baked out of it!
The gingerbread on its own is solid, though, so you could omit the glaze or simply leave the bourbon out of it in order to make it kid-friendly. I spent a whole Saturday baking last weekend and imagining I was competing on The Great American Baking show. My sister and I blasted Christmas music and these little loaves of bourbon-glazed gingerbread were definitely in the mix. We also whipped up my candy cane cookies and a fun, new cookie recipe that you'll see here soon. They will all be repeated for Christmas Eve, too. Of the many reasons I love this time of year, near the top of the list is how socially-acceptable it is to just bake and bake and bake!
If this bourbon-glazed gingerbread tickles your fancy, try my spiced banana nut bread, lemon zucchini bread, lemon berry quick bread, or applesauce quick bread! Let me know your thoughts on these below. Thanks for reading!
Classic gingerbread mini loaves soaked in a simple bourbon glaze
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup butter softened
- 1 egg
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon clove
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup bourbon whiskey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Mix butter, egg, and sugar well, then mix in molasses.
- In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sea salt, clove, ginger, and cinnamon. Combine with wet mixture and stir well. A thick "dough" will form.
- Add hot water and mix well. Scoop or pour into pan(s).
- Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean. Meanwhile, mix together the glaze ingredients.
- While still warm, poke holes in the tops of the gingerbread and spoon glaze over top.
Recipe by Jazzmine of Dash of Jazz