These tender gingerbread muffins are loaded with brown sugar, rich molasses, and warm spices. A fresh lemon icing is drizzled on top adding a burst of fresh flavor. Enjoy old fashioned flavors that are perfect for the holiday season.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2½ teaspoons ground ginger
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ⅔ cup brown sugar packed
- ⅓ cup unsulphured molasses
- ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablspoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling on top optional
Lemon icing (optional):
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin pan.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
In a large bowl, whisk brown sugar, molasses, oil, and applesauce. Whisk in egg, milk, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until no streaks of flour remain, be careful not to overmix.
Divide the batter between 12 muffin cups (I use an ice cream scoop). If desired, sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little granulated sugar.
Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 5-10 minutes, then remove each muffin and place directly on the rack to cool completely.
If you’d prefer to top these with another flavor icing, you can omit the lemon juice and replace it with milk and add any of the following:
Adding fruit (optional):
Before the dry ingredients are fully mixed into the wet ingredients, you can stir in 1 ripe-firm peeled chopped pear or 1 cup fresh cranberries to the batter.
Recipe updated November 2021. Original recipe HERE.
- A few pinches of cinnamon
- A couple drops of maple or vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon finely grated orange zest
Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg