Then I find recipes like this one for Gingerbread Cupcakes.
It’s impossible to overstate how much I love gingerbread anything. Last weekend, I got a chance to make my favorite molasses cookies, and that only served to push the boulder over the hill.
These couldn’t be any easier, and apparently, don’t even need frosting. A theory I will test.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 slightly beaten egg white
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons cooking oil
Sifted powdered sugar (optional)
1. Line eight 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, soda, and salt; set aside.
2. In a small mixing bowl stir together the egg white, molasses, water, and oil. Stir molasses mixture into flour mixture just until blended. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin cups.
3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cupcakes spring back when pressed lightly in center. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm or cool.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137, Protein(gm): 2, Carbohydrate(gm): 20, Fat, total(gm): 5, Dietary Fiber, total(gm): 1, Sodium(mg): 82, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
Of course, if you skip the frosting, these aren’t the nutritional disaster you might expect. Each cupcake rings in at
2 grams protein
20 grams carbohydrate
5 grams fat
1 gram fiber
82 milligrams sodium
One way or another, these will find their way into my kitchen soon.
You might remember my gingersnaps recipe from Oct. 31 2011. If not, check it out. Making those circles of wonderfulness are a sacred rite of autumn for me.
I think my fascination with ginger and baking works a little like McDonald’s shamrock shake. You can only get it for a limited time every year, providing a perfect excuse to make them. It feel like an event or a special occasion, complete with anticipation and positive association.
This recipe looks like a lot less work than gingersnaps, therefore providing yet another excuse to make them. And soon.