Gingerbread Muffins*

It is officially December, which mean’s it is time to start some holiday baking. For me this usually means a jeans size worth batch of peppermint bark, peanut butter blossoms, and butterscotch haystacks. But this year, I am going to try to watch the sweets I make and eat…which is going to be extremely difficult. And I can’t promise I won’t slip up a couple times…but I do promise that this year I will be featuring some ass friendly holiday baking. So to start I found these Gingerbread Muffins. Where they as good as last years Hot Chocolate On A Stick or the Caramel Macchiato Thumbprints? Well, Brody sure thought so.

Brody will beg occasionally but if I haven’t given in within a few minutes…he gives up. But when I was making these…he couldn’t control himself. His eyes never left these muffins! Seriously! From when I was popping them out of the muffin tray till I was photographing them, Brody was there. I mean how could I tell that face no?

I caved and he had 1 or 3.  And he spent the rest of the afternoon in this position.


Gingerbread Muffins

Yield: 32 mini muffins

Recipe note: I also think these would be fabulous done as cupcakes with a swirl of frosting on top! But to keep calories low, I kept it as a muffin.


1/2 cup 2% milk
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup melted butter


In a small bowl, whisk together milk and vinegar. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg, molasses, melted butter, and milk mixture together.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just blended.

Using a piping bag or ziplock baggie, fill pre-greased mini muffin tins about 3/4 full. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Be careful not to overcook the muffins, as they can dry out easily.

1 muffin = 47 calories or 1 Weight Watchers point

Adapted from: Pamela Lanier




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22 Responses to “Gingerbread Muffins”

  1. 1

    Liz @ Blog is the New Black — December 2, 2010 @ 10:35 pm

    Gingerbread muffins are on my “to bake” list. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — December 2, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

    Yum–I love holiday treats! Definitely going to try these

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    Eat Good 4 Life — December 2, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    Love the idea of the ginger flavor for the muffins especially now around the holidays. Great pictures of the dog by the way :-)

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    Paula — December 2, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

    With or without frosting, they look great!

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    Denise — December 3, 2010 @ 1:25 am

    Can’t wait to try these. They look delicious.

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    Rachel — December 3, 2010 @ 8:43 am

    I agree – with or without frosting. I made some as cupcakes not long ago and definitely ate a few without frosting.

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    Heather — December 3, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    Just out of curiosity, by adding the vinegar to the milk, are you trying to create like a sour milk or buttermilk taste? Can you sub in buttermilk?

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers — December 3, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    Ooooh yummy! A perfect holiday breakfast treat!

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    DeAnna — December 3, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    OMG! That’s hysterical. I actually LOLed. hehe Brody is sooo cute!

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    Krystle — December 3, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    Omg Brody is adorable and these muffins looks great! I wouldnt take my eyes off of them either!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — December 3, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    I think I just DIED from cuteness. Brody is so adorable, and what a good dog being so patient for these amazing little muffins! I can’t get enough of gingerbread lately, and these are right up my alley. Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — December 3, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

    These look so cute! I absolutely love gingerbread!

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    Krystal R — December 3, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    YUM! My arse thanks you, these sound perfect!!! BTW – I love Brody’s gimme more muffin picture, too cute. 😉

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    Kerstin — December 3, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

    Aww, Brody is so adorable, I would have given him a couple too! They look super yummy :)

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    Danny — December 4, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    These muffins look out of this world! I will try these for sure, let see if my dog likes it, he is very picky when it comes to food :)

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    sippitysup — December 4, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    Adorable little muffins, but that pooch takes the “cake”. GREG

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 4, 2010 @ 5:40 pm


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    Sydney Sheppard — September 11, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    That is one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen !!

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    Jessy — August 24, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    Make sure that if you are baking this that you dont forget the baking soda!! I had made these and was about to put them in the oven when I realized the baking soda wasn’t in it, because the actual recipe left it out! :) cant wait to try them again!!

    • Jessica replied: — August 28th, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

      Eek! Sorry about that – thanks for letting me know! I just updated the recipe!!

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