• 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • ¾ cup melted shortening
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅓ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅓ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 cup boiling water


Preheat oven 350º. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan (no smaller). Mix together eggs and sugar, and molasses and shortening. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. Combine the two mixtures, then slowly stir in the boiling water. Bake 30 to 35 minutes (be careful not to overbake as it will become too dry).

This recipe appeared in Welcome to Our State’s Christmas Kitchen and first appeared in the Carol Dare Cookbook.

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