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 little loaves 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 glaze is very simple but potent: powdered sugar, vanilla, and bourbon whiskey. You can tone down [or amp up] the amount 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 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!
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