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Heavenly gingerbread with applesauce has a gorgeous crumb, made better for you with Mott’s® Applesauce instead of butter or oil. Grab a cup of coffee and indulge – with a quick bread you can feel good about!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mott’s® Applesauce. All opinions are my own.

You guys, how have we made it together this long on MBA without someone asking me to post a traditional Gingerbread recipe?!

I’m of the opinion that gingerbread – true gingerbread, should be served warm. Piping hot, even. With a giant dollop of whipped cream, and maybe some salted caramel sauce drizzled on top because I’m ridiculous. But you know this. It’s why you love me, right?

Here’s the thing – when you swap in Mott’s® Applesauce for oil or butter in your favorite recipe, you leave room for the extra indulgence that a drizzle of salted caramel might provide.

Gingerbread Ingredients on My Baking Addiction It had been years since I’d had a deeply rich, molasses-heavy gingerbread. The other day, I walked past a display of seasonal breads at the grocery store, and I knew I could do better than that sad table of dry and unworthy-of-my-holiday-table quick breads.

This – this, friends, is better. Made lighter with the addition of Mott’s® Applesauce, the texture of these sweet little quick bread desserts is perfection. They’re made elegant by simply using a biscuit cutter to create rounds. Gingerbread with Mott’s® Applesauce is the way forward.

Add a dollop of freshly whipped cream, that ribbon of salted caramel I talked about earlier, and don’t forget the adorable little gingerbread man! He is absolutely necessary to make this picture perfect dessert complete.

Gingerbread Cake Recipe on My Baking AddictionDesserts like these aren’t hard to make, especially when you keep a big jar of Mott’s® Applesauce on hand for baking with. It’s quickly becoming a must-have item in my pantry, for making delicious, better-for-you treats that everyone loves.

There are lots of ways to bring a healthy twist to traditional family recipes. Mott’s® has started a fantastic Bake It Better with Mott’s® Pinterest board with all sorts of easy and approachable recipes for the holidays that are made better for you by subbing applesauce for butter or oil, plus plenty of baking tips and tricks. Make sure you check it out, there are so many great ideas!

So go ahead, make this moist, spicy gingerbread for your family this holiday. The only thing missing is a cup of really good coffee.

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By: Jamie
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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Heavenly gingerbread with applesauce has a gorgeous crumb, made better for you with Mott’s® Applesauce instead of butter or oil. Grab a cup of coffee and indulge – with a quick bread you can feel good about!


  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ cup Mott’s Original Applesauce room temperature
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water



  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9x9 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat sugars and butter for approximately 2 minutes. Add applesauce, egg and molasses and mix until fully incorporated.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture and mix until just combined. Whisk in hot water. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  • Bake gingerbread in preheated oven for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the gingerbread comes out clean.
  • Remove gingerbread from oven and cool completely.
  • If desired, serve topped with whipped cream, salted caramel sauce and/or festive sprinkles.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mott’s® Applesauce; however, the views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are my own, and based upon my experiences with Mott’s® Applesauce products. Thank you for supporting Mott’s® Applesauce and the brands that continue to make My Baking Addiction possible.

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  1. dannie says:

    Caramel sauce always my best ,it brings the best out of any meal.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Dannie!

  2. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says:

    This is adorable!

  3. Jeanne says:

    My 13-yr-old has taken an interest in baking. This will be perfect for next weekend – so cute!

  4. Christy says:

    love the idea of using the applesauce in recipes makes things easier

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by.


  5. Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says:

    I love love the gingerbread flavors in everything and anything! So cute too!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks, Marnely! :)

  6. Lori @ RecipeGirl says:

    This looks incredibly delicious. My family would go crazy for it!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks so much, ,Lori! I appreciate you stopping by!