It’s the holiday season and even though we’ve already finished all of our gift giving celebrations there is still more dreary winter ahead of us. The perfect solution? Fill the whole house with the scents of spicy warmth, tasty joy, and gingerbread cheer! I’ve been on a gingerbread kick over the past few weeks and have made cake, cookies, and even coffee creamer. The best thing I’ve made though – gingerbread brownies!
If you think traditional gingerbread is the bomb, you’re going to love my super spice mixture! The most perfect gingerbread spice for all of my gingy concoctions is Lebkuchengewürz, which translates to Lebkuchen spices. Lebkuchen is a traditional German gingerbread style cake, and the spice mix for it is usually composed of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, star anise, cardamom, coriander and a pinch of the secret ingredient….paprika!! Trust me, the paprika adds so much warmth and a little bit of zing to the spice mixture, you’re going to be sad you’ve been missing out!
These brownies are the best of both worlds too. They are super dense, almost stick to your teeth dense, but also moist, fudgy AND cakey. Now you can finally please all brownie lovers by giving them what they all want :-). The secret to these, and most brownies, is not to over bake them. Bake just until the center doesn’t jiggle any more and take them out to cool and you will end up with the perfect consistency. Drizzle them with a glaze (chocolate is my favorite), frosting, or whipped cream. Next to a glass of milk and you have a superb winter treat! Enjoy!
- 2.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground star anise
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3-4 tablespoons Lebkuchengewurz spice
- Mix all ground spices together and set aside. Mortar and pestle or food processor can be used if some spices did not come pre ground but sift any chunks of spices out before using.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix butter, molasses, and sugar in a large bowl on medium high in stand mixer or with hand mixer.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing on medium speed until all have been incorporated.
- Add flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, and 3-4 tablespoons of spice mixture depending on how strong you'd like your spice flavor.
- Mix on medium low until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
- Pour into a greased or sprayed 13x9 pan and bake for 22-24 minutes. **Just until the middle stops jiggling when you wiggle the pan.
- Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!
- Try that spice on everything! I put it on/in my coffee! I even put it on a glazed ham .... omg!!