Holiday Season Recipes - Muffins and Quick Breads - Sweets

Gingerbread Muffins

January 31, 2018 (Last updated November 26, 2023) · Nicole Triebe
Can you believe Christmas is only a few months away?? This year has flown by!! These gingerbread muffins are perfect for a holiday breakfast, and good for you too! Ginger is known as one of the 7 Super Spices.  It has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and reduce pain, and has it has recently been discovered that ginger drastically lowers blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors. So when you’re eating something delicious, you can feel good about it, too!

When it comes to quick breads (cakes, brownies, cookies) there are two ways to mix your ingredients.  The creaming method and the muffin method.  For these muffins, we’ll use the muffin method (pretty easy to remember, right?)

Here’s how it works:

Sift the dry ingredients together (spices, flour, salt sugar, baking soda, and powder) in a large bowl.  Sifting is a process that breaks up any lumps in the flour and aerates it at the same time, which results in a much lighter flour.  It is easier to mix into other ingredients when forming a cake batter or making dough.  Some say it is the secret to creating light and fluffy cakes or cookies. Look at those domes!!  Those are some gorgeous muffins 🙂 Happy baking!

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Gingerbread Muffins

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


1 1/3 flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla


In a separate bowl, combine the room temperature wet ingredients.  Next, you’re going to combine the wet and the dry.  Now this may be a little tricky. Mix until JUST combined.   You don’t want to over work your batter, or your muffins will be tough.

In a lined muffin tin, scoop the batter and fill the cavities until they’re 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until if you touch the cupcake lightly, it bounces back.  If your finger sinks, it’s not done yet.

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  • Reply Stephanie Gray April 14, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Can I add oatmeal to these? I have been looking for a molasses oatmeal muffin and this looks like the closest I’m going to get.

    • Reply Nicole Triebe April 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      I have never done it before, but I think it’s possible. There is a muffin recipe on the King Arthur website that offers an oatmeal variation – 2 cups of flour, substitute 1 cup of thick oat flakes (rolled oats), and 1 1/4 cups flour, so make those ratio changes with the flour in here. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Reply Tricia December 14, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Do you use dark or light brown sugar?

    • Reply Nicole Triebe December 14, 2019 at 10:38 pm

      Either works!

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