Merry Christmas and happy gingerbread

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and I am off-duty for anything even resembling home repair until next week. Can I get an AMEN? Yes. Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. This is my favorite time of year… such a good reminder that all things are possible. Heck, I know if you’d told me LAST Christmas where I’d be THIS Christmas, I would’ve asked what you were smoking.

The chocolate chip gingerbread recipe pictured here is below the fold. (Sorry for the delay; had to ask the owner if it was okay for me to post.) Enjoy!


2 1/3 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 stick of butter, softened
1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbl vanilla
1 c. molasses
1 egg
3/4 c. warm water
1 c. mini-chocolate chips (a few extra doesn’t hurt)

Preheat oven to 350; grease a 9×9 baking pan. Beat all ingredients with an electric mixer except chocolate chips. Once batter is mixed, add half of the chocolate chips. Stir batter, pour into pan and top with remaining chocolate chips. Bake on middle rack for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The recipe can be doubled easily and baked in a 9×13 pan.

My notes: I baked this in mini loaf pans instead of a square pan without any problems. I also used full-size chocolate chips because I was out of minis. And last but not least (geez, you’d think no one ever taught me how to follow a recipe), I ran out of molasses and so used about half molasses, half cane syrup. It still tasted good.

14 Responses to “Merry Christmas and happy gingerbread”

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    Jenn2 December 24, 2006 at 8:12 pm #

    Missy Hoohaw says, “Tenk-you, vewy much!”

    Don’t you just hate it when people incorporate their children’s speech impediments into written messages?

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    Bob December 24, 2006 at 8:49 pm #

    I wish for you the merriest of Christmas’. This past year has been one of changes for you (but nothing like the one to come!). Maybe you can relax a little and have a quiet few days. My fondest wish for you is for you to be happy. I’ll put Otto in charge of that!

    Merry Christmas.

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    Steff December 24, 2006 at 9:08 pm #

    Merry Christmas!

  4. 4
    Dee Dee December 24, 2006 at 9:47 pm #

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the recipe. Enjoy your family and have a great break from construction/rennovations.

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    Daisy December 24, 2006 at 10:16 pm #

    Merry Christmas! Have a happy, heart-warming holiday with your loved ones.

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    CharlestonGirl December 24, 2006 at 11:20 pm #

    Merry Christmas Mir, Otto, Chickie and Monkey!
    I know Santa will be good to you as you have ALL been VERY GOOD this year!


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    Michelle in Colorado Springs December 24, 2006 at 11:33 pm #

    Just wondering who came up with the recipe. It sounds good and I am going to make it tomorrow.

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    Muirnait December 24, 2006 at 11:33 pm #

    Merry Christmas to all of you! Have a good one!

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    Karin December 25, 2006 at 1:34 am #

    Merry Christmas!

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    Fold My Laundry Please December 25, 2006 at 1:51 am #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    Denise December 25, 2006 at 6:44 am #

    Merry Christmas!

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    Jen December 25, 2006 at 7:01 am #

    Merry Christmas, and thanks for all you do all year long!

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    Judy December 25, 2006 at 8:26 am #

    merry christmas and thanks for the recipe (and thank your friend too!)

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    shannon December 25, 2006 at 1:05 pm #

    may the new year bring about even bigger and better things for you and your family.

    happy holidays.

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