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gingerbread bites

Over the weekend, my guy planned to attend a pre-Thanksgiving potluck hosted by an old college buddy. While many of the men brought premade deli sandwiches or store-bought pumpkin pie, I promised to bake him a treat to take instead.  

 

Last year, I presented him with a batch of pumpkin cookies, but he forgot to inform me of one important detail… He hates pumpkin!! The host raved about them though (and even drove over and complimented me in person!).

 

gingerbread bites

 

This year, although torn by wanting to satisfy the host again, I realized it’d mean a lot more to my guy if I baked a treat that he would love. With a spicy kick and sweet frosting, these gingerbread bites were perfect… And when he returned, he begged me to bake another batch, just for him!

 

gingerbread bites

 

Gingerbread Bites

modified from Baking Made Simple

makes 18

Without the frosting, you could eat these for breakfast as “mini muffins!” Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

gingerbread

¼ c. + 2 tbsp flour

⅜ tsp baking soda

⅛ tsp salt

1 tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

small pinch ground nutmeg

small pinch ground cloves

1 tbsp butter, softened

2 tbsp dark brown sugar, packed

1½ tbsp molasses

⅛ tsp vanilla extract

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tbsp milk

1 tbsp plain yogurt

 

frosting

1 tsp butter, softened

¼ tsp clear vanilla extract

1-2 tsp milk

½ – 1 c. powdered sugar

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°, and lightly coat 18 mini muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare the gingerbread, whisk together the flour and next six ingredients (through cloves) in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the molasses and vanilla. Add in the egg, mixing well. Add in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Stir in the milk and yogurt. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups, and bake at 325° for 15-20 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 min before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. To prepare the frosting, cream the butter with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Mix in the vanilla. Alternate between adding small amounts of milk and powdered sugar until the desired consistency is reached. Pipe or spread the frosting on top of the cool gingerbread bites.

 

gingerbread bites

 

November 19, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss.

8 Comments

  1. Tuesday replied:

    These look SO delicious! I think I may attempt these for my in-law’s annual Christmas Eve get together.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you!! I hope you (and they) enjoy them! I prefer mine without frosting, but they taste great both ways.

  2. jenndnle replied:

    MmMmm these look yummy. Found your blog through MissMarzipan. Congrats on being nominated as well! =)

    – Jenn
    eatbreatheyogini.wordpress.com

  3. Megan replied:

    Looking forward to trying these! I love when baking is made slightly healthier! Completely agree with you Icing always looks nice but I prefer my muffins without 😉

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I hope you enjoy them! (I did leave a few unfrosted for me… :])

      I definitely agree. I love looking through the photos in cookbooks, but I’m amazed at how unhealthy some of the recipes can be! I really enjoy modifying them to make them a little healthier without compromising any of the flavor.

  4. justalittlebitloudernow replied:

    They look so cute – relish

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