Chocolate Chip Gingerbread with Orange Hard Sauce

Rich gingerbread, a classic holiday dessert especially when served with ultra-rich sauce, gets an easy boost from chocolate chips.

  • prep time 15 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 16
  • servings 9

Ingredients

Gingerbread

3
eggs
1/2
cup molasses
1/4
cup sugar
3/4
cup buttermilk
1/2
cup butter, melted
2
cups all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon ginger
1
teaspoon cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon cloves
1/2
cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Sauce

2/3
cup powdered sugar
1/3
cup butter, softened
1
teaspoon grated orange peel
1
tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 8 or 9-inch square pan. Beat eggs in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Gradually add molasses and sugar, beating until well blended.
  • 2 Add buttermilk and melted butter; mix well. Add all remaining gingerbread ingredients except chocolate chips; beat until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased pan.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. For 8-inch pan, bake 43 to 53 minutes; for 9-inch pan, bake 30 to 40 minutes. Cool 20 minutes.
  • 4 In small bowl, combine powdered sugar and 1/3 cup butter; beat with electric mixer at low speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in orange peel and orange juice.
  • 5 To serve, cut gingerbread into squares; place on individual dessert plates. Spoon about 1 tablespoon sauce over each serving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1/9 of Recipe
    Calories
    445
    (
    Calories from Fat
    200),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    22g
    22%
    (Saturated Fat
    13g,
    13%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    115mg
    115%;
    Sodium
    440mg
    440%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    56g
    56%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    32g
    32%
    ),
    Protein
    6g
    6%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    14%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    8%;
    Iron
    16%;
    Exchanges:
    2 Starch; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 4 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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