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Apple Cider Gingerbread Squares

Servings: 12
An easy gingerbread recipe made with apple cider for your next holiday get-together, and don't forget to make the Ginger Molasses Whipped Cream topping to go along with it. Oh so yummy!

1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup molasses
1 cup boiling apple cider
Ginger-Molasses Whipped Cream (see recipe below)

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add granulated and brown sugars, beating well. Add egg, beating until mixture is blended.

Add flour and next 8 ingredients; beat at medium speed until smooth. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13-inch pan.

Bake at 325°F/190°C for 35 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 3-inch squares. Serve gingerbread with Ginger-Molasses Whipped Cream.

Makes 12 servings.

Ginger-Molasses Whipped Cream

1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, molasses, and ginger at high speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

Makes 1 1/2 cups whipped cream topping.

Source: Southern Living December 2003
Date: May 7, 2004