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Gingerbread with Vanilla Glaze

posted by Julie Evink on November 22, 2013

Gingerbread with Vanilla Icing ~ Yummy Gingerbread topped with a Vanilla Glaze! Comforting, easy, and homemade!

Gingerbread with Vanilla Icing ~ Yummy Gingerbread topped with a Vanilla Glaze! Comforting, easy, and homemade!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

So I tend to have an itsy, bitsy problem when I’m cooking and baking. Sometimes this problem isn’t so itsy, bitsy. In fact it can lead to huge disasters every once in a while. This problem stems way, way back to the days of my first moments in the kitchen at Mom and Dad’s.

Wondering what my problem is? It’s called forgetting steps to the recipe. It can be detrimental. In fact, back at Mom and Dad’s my mother used to make me read the recipe twice to make sure I did everything correctly. It was a known problem of mine.

Gingerbread with Vanilla Icing ~ Yummy Gingerbread topped with a Vanilla Glaze! Comforting, easy, and homemade!


Then I went to college, and one would think things would get better considering I was going to school for Hotel/Restaurant Management and I had several cooking classes but this did not cure my problem either. In fact I remember making homemade marshmallows in one of my classes and the professor actually made us quit, clean up and sit back down and lecture us because we did not read the entire recipe before starting and this lead to several mistakes.

How do I try to concur this known problem? I try to set out all my ingredients for a recipe before I start making the recipe and but back the ingredients as I use them. This way I know that a clean counter when I’m done preparing a recipe means I’ve prepared it correctly. This works most of the time.

Gingerbread with Vanilla Icing ~ Yummy Gingerbread topped with a Vanilla Glaze! Comforting, easy, and homemade!

In fact, I’ve been known to pour the batter into a pan and have to clean the pan out and spray it with Pam cooking spray, then pour the batter back in. Sometimes…well I forget completely then I’m in a really sticky mess! It’s a terrible thing when I forget my Pam cooking spray. I always rest assured that my recipes will “pop” right out of a pan when I use Pam cooking spray, when I don’t use it then I’m usually taking a chisel to may pan. Not a pretty site!


For all of your holiday baking this season make sure to grab your Pam cooking spray and rest assured that your recipe will turn out the first time!

Gingerbread with Vanilla Icing ~ Yummy Gingerbread topped with a Vanilla Glaze! Comforting, easy, and homemade!

You can win free Pam Cooking Spray and a Le Creuset Pie Dish by enter the giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas treat!

Giveaway Disclosure

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.

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Congrats to Shari who was #11 in the giveaway and the winner!

Gingerbread with Vanilla Glaze

Preparation 15 minutes Cook Time 50 minutes Serves 8 pieces     adjust servings


  • 2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 c. molasses
  • 3/4 c. hot water
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Vanilla Icing

  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk


  1. Using your stand mixer combine all ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape bowl occasionally. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  2. Pour batter into a 9" pie plate prepared with Pam non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Baked at 325 degrees 50 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center tests clean. Cool.
  4. When gingerbread is cooled mix together ingredient for icing. Drizzle over gingerbread and let set up.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 piece
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 442kcal Calories from fat 124
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 324mg14%
Carbohydrate 76g25%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 47g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g


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  • Alexis K.

    My favorite christmas treats are the spritz cookies I bake with my grandmother every year with her vintage cookie press. I may be 30 now, but no matter how old I am, I’m never too old to bake cookies with grandma!

  • Maggie Wallace

    My favorite christmas treat are my grandmother’s class sugar cookies and fruitcake!

  • Malissa W

    Toll house chocolate chip cookies and my mom’s walnut brownies. Amazing. I can’t wait! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • libby

    My favorite treat is decorated sugar cookies

  • Tanya Fell

    My favorite treat has to be sugar cookies but the best part is decorating them with my kids and family!!

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Favorite Christmas treat is my grandmothers cream cookies. The kids have so much fun making them and decorating them every year! This gingerbread looks amazing!!

  • Christy Spurlock

    I love Collins Street Bakery Fruit Cake

  • Shelly

    I love Christmas sugar cookies!

  • Laura Ball

    The link to the Red Velvet Cookies takes me to the White Chocolate Molasses Cookies. Help!!

    • Julie Evink

      Fixed! Try it again. So sorry!

  • Kathy Bahr

    I like my simple “festive butter cookies”. They are similar to spritz, only you roll them and flatten with a fork. You can get soooo many on a baking sheet at a time! So “pop-able” one bite size!!

  • Shari

    I always look forward to my mom’s frosted Christmas cookies. They are the BEST.

  • Cary Chambers

    My favorite sweet treat is my mom’s oatmeal pie. When we were kids our was our job to pick & clean pecans & we were horrible about leaving little pieces of shell, so when Mom made pecan pie, I usually got shell. Oatmeal pie has the same type of flavor & filling & no shell!

  • Jenny Huntley

    My favorite are spritz cookies.

  • Annette Herbst

    My Grandmas date “fruitcake” which is really a bread

  • Debbie

    My favorite holiday dessert is frozen cranberry dessert with whipping cream, walnuts, miniature marshmellows, & crushed pineapple.

  • Brenna

    My favorite holiday treat is peppermint bark!

  • Katrina B

    Mine is green bean and corn casserole with cheese and ritz crackers. YUMMy

  • Pamela Shepard

    Pumpkin Cheesecake

  • Margot C

    I love to make a Southern Pecan pie – I’m from Louisiana so I know how. Thanks for the reminder to Pam the pie pan though!

  • Pam Gurganus

    My favorite Christmas treat is mincemeat pie!

  • Heather

    My mother’s molasses cookies are my absolute favorite Christmas treat!

  • Jelli

    This gingerbread looks delicious, Julie! If I could find molasses here in Costa Rica, I’d definitely make it this week. For the meantime, I’ll pin for future reference. Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting from Marvelous Monday.

    • Julie Evink

      No molasses?! Craziness! 🙂

  • Danielle Green

    Thumbprint cookies (with frosting, NOT jelly)

    P.S. I really like that blue and white plank backdrop 🙂

    • Julie Evink

      Really? I’m so nervous to use it because I’m scared my food will look blue!

      • Danielle Green

        Yes, blue backdrops can be tricky to shoot with, but if you play with the white balance in your camera while shooting them, you can get a good end result.

  • Carri Arrieta

    fresh baked pumpkin nut bread….

  • Lori @ A Pinch of Glitter

    Sugar cookies are my favorite!

  • Andi @ The Weary Chef

    Gorgeous, Julie! I love gingerbread, and the glaze makes it over-the-top good. Thanks for sharing it with us at Saturday Night Fever 🙂

  • Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama

    Oh yum! This looks so good, Julie! 🙂 I adore gingerbread.
    I think it is a toss up between gingerbread and frosted sugar cookies as to my what my holiday favorite is.

    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- Pinned & sharing!

  • Julie

    my mom’s frosted sugar cookies

  • Carolyn G

    I love sugar cookies

  • Wendy

    What is Biscoff……….I’ve never heard of it.. Where do you buy it.

    • Julie Evink

      It’s a cookie butter, often times it is found by the peanut butter.

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