• Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 18,788 other subscribers

  • Click the photo to check out my twins, Anne Parker and Leigh Harper’s website, The Southern Twins


    The content of my entire web site is protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.Content theft, either print or electronic, is a Federal Offense. If you wish to repost to your site, please ask for permission. Please do not copy the recipes or the photos and post on your site or on any social media platform without permission. .


    Click on the title of the recipe, then look at the bottom of that recipe and you will see a picture of a printer. Click that and you should be able to print the recipe. You can delete the picture by “checking” no images at the top of the page and if you hold your mouse over any part of the text you want to delete, it will turn yellow and you can delete that part. You can also “save” the recipes by clicking on “PDF”.

  • Follow Me on Pinterest

    My e-mail address: the southernladycooks@gmail.com

  • Featured Author
    Featured Author
    view my recipes
    Featured Author
  • Foodbuzz
  • Very Good Recipes
    My recipes are on
    Very Good Recipes
  • Recipe Categories


Hot Water Gingerbread This gingerbread is good for dessert, with coffee and as a snack anytime.

1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup molasses (I used sorghum. Can use any molasses)
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pour hot water over shortening. Add sugar and molasses and mix well with mixer. Add eggs and continue mixing.  Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt with a wire whisk and add to molasses mixture. Mix just till all ingredients are wet. Pour into a sprayed 9 x 9 inch pan and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until center is done.  Makes about 9 servings.  Can add a lemon glaze or whipped cream.
Hot Water Gingerbread
Lemon Glaze Topping
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 or more cups powdered sugar
Mix ingredients together with wire whisk and spread over hot gingerbread.
Need more cake ideas, click here to seem more cake recipes. 
Click to follow The Southern Lady Cooks on Facebook

20 Responses

  1. Can you make these as individual Christmas gifts by putting them in mini loaf pans to bake? If so, would you have to modify the recipe at all?

    • I would not modify the recipe but you might check on cooking time and test for doneness at about 10 minutes less time.

  2. just found your site tonight and already love love love it…especially the hot water gingerbread with the lemon sauce…been looking for it a long time….used to have it at Souper Salad…but no longer have it….now I make it at home….thanks!

  3. Why can’t I save the recipes on my computer?

    • Look at the bottom of each recipe and click on where it says “Print/pdf” you can remove photos and print or save to a PDF file on your computer.

  4. The ultimate with a carmel sauce, everyone just loved it!

  5. This gingerbread and lemon sauce looks divine. I believe the lemon sauce makes it perfect.


  7. I made this 2 days ago, there was a piece leftover, still fresh, this morning. Excellent keeping quality. But….it was so darn good, that I’m surprised it lasted that long. But, then there’s only 2 of us. This was also so very easy & tasty. Can’t beat that, thank you so much for this recipe. Hugs, Doe in Canada

  8. Want a recipe for banana nut bread

  9. When to bake cookies for gifts?

    • I think you could start anytime now, Patricia. I usually wait until about the 15th to start baking. Be sure and store in airtight containers. Don’t mix them up or they will all taste alike. Store in a cool place. Each time you open the container you release moisture from the cookie and lessen the time they will keep. I put mine in those round cookie tins and store in a room I don’t heat to keep cool. You can freeze cookies but I like them fresh better. Hope this helps you and have a Merry Christmas.

  10. hanks so much for this recipe.

  11. This looks so good!! Cannot wait to try it.

  12. Thanks for all the recipe’s you send . I just made the apple butterscotch cake from your blog and it is delicious! I really liked the sweet tea and I am going to try the cinnamon rolls next. Thanks again for your great recipes.

  13. I can sum up my thoughts on this recipe with two words. Yummmm Eeeee

  14. What shortening do you use?? Thanks..

    Sent from my iPad

  15. this is the same as my grandmother’s recipe. she served it warm with vanilla ice cream, no lemon glaze. what a yummy winter desert.

Leave a Reply