secret recipe club: gingerbread muffins

my husband and i did not take what i would call a 'traditional' honeymoon. we spent a week in prague, where it snowed each and every day in october, and spent a second week roaming around germany and austria. while we were too early for all the christmas and holiday festivals and markets, the market in nuremburg germany was full of lebkuchen. not too sweet, perfectly spicy, some dipped in chocolate, some decorated with whole almonds, we feasted on lebkuchen for days. while germany's gingerbread is distinctly different from what i consider traditional american gingerbread - ours rolled thin, cut with cookie cutters, and decorated and their drop cookies, chewy and soft - i couldn't get enough. while i was always a sucker for good spicy gingerbread before, that trip - and those cookies - sealed the deal for me. now every time i so much as get a whiff of gingerbread, i'm transplanted back to that market, sitting on the edge of a statue, sharing a cookie and hot chocolate with jason. it's funny what food does to our memories.

so this month, when selecting my secret recipe club recipe, i had a cold, hard stop when i came upon camilla's recipe for gingerbread muffins at culinary adventures with camilla.

while camilla made her gingerbread muffins days after thanksgiving, in the heat of the holidays, i made mine to kick off fall, when thoughts of thanksgiving first begin to hang in the air. i didn't change her recipe much. i added the baking powder she suggested, since i like my muffins light and fluffy over dense and pudding-like. i also added a thin, simple glaze. i should have realized how unsweet these muffins would be - not that i'm complaining about the flavor. those of you who like things on the less sweet side will love these muffins. but for me, i needed a bit more sweetness. and instead of adding it to the batter, i simply covered the baked muffins in sugar. these are definitely in my fall rotation.
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check out my previous src posts below
double chocolate peanut butter chip oatmeal cookies
butterscotch peach cakewhole wheat honey pancakes minted pineapple lime agua frescabreakfast tacos
simple almond sandwich cookies
roasted banana rum cake

gingerbread muffins
adapted from culinary adventures with camilla
45 minutes, makes 18 regular sized muffins 

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 egg
1 cup unsulfured molasses
1 cup hot water
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  1. preheat your oven to 375F. line 18 standard muffin cups with cupcake papers.
  2. cream the butter and sugar. add the salt and spices and mix well.
  3. add the egg, molasses, and water and mix until blended. the dough will be very runny.
  4. add the all purpose flour and mix until blended. add the whole wheat flour and baking powder and mix until blended.
  5. fill each muffin cup about three quarters full. bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. cool in the pan for a couple minutes, remove from the pan, and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  7. if you want to glaze your muffins, wait until completely cool. mix powdered sugar and water until it's the right consistency - not too thick, not too thin. dip the tops of the muffins in the glaze or drizzle the glaze over the muffins.


  1. Your post is perfect for me! I live in Nürnberg which is good for my Lebkuchen addiction. I will try the muffins this week to see how Lebkuchen-like they are :)

  2. I can almost smell the delicious spice perfuming the air! Lovely post.

  3. What a fantastic post for SRC!!! Gingerbread sounds amazing now.

    Check out my SRC post if you haven't already:

    Simple Butter Cake with Peach Sauce

  4. Love the glaze on these and the gingerbread flavor would be awesome.

  5. Gingerbread anything this time of year is so perfect and your muffins look wonderful.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. These little muffins are perfect for the upcoming holiday season....yum!

  7. I can't wait to make these. Gingerbread is one of my favorites and having these in cupcakes makes them so easy share!

  8. Must. Try. I love gingerbread, and I just bought a nice fresh bottle of allspice today :) Thanks for tasting and posting this recipe!

  9. These sound great for Christmas morning!!

  10. Great muffins! These look totally perfect for the holidays. :)

  11. these sounded so good, I baked a batch this afternoon. Made the house smell wonderful.

  12. Kate, how very funny that I had your blog and you had mine. You've reminded me that I need to move from pumpkin to gingerbread! Glad you enjoyed.

  13. Sounds like you had a perfect honeymoon! Prague is one of the most romantic cities I've been to.

    These muffins look amazing. I'm a big fan of gingerbread!

  14. I love gingerbread! I was thinking about making some cookies but I'm totally sold on these muffins-great job!

  15. oh those look good, I love gingerbread but have never gotten the cookies right.

  16. O YUMMY!!! Gingerbread muffins. I HAVE to make these. They look delicious.

  17. Is there such a thing as a traditional honeymoon - as long as you are together it doesn't matter where you are :. Love gingerbread and this looks fabulous!


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