Gingerbread Muffins

Great with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate on Christmas morning, these Gingerbread Muffins are full of spices and topped with white sugar sprinkles for just a hint of sweetness. They are a perfect compliment to the sugar overload that is Christmas!

Soft and tender, full of spice Gingerbread Muffins

I have not always loved gingerbread. It wasn’t until I tried the Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf that I fell in love with the sweet and spicy flavors. Did you know that you could buy that stuff by the loaf? It’s wracked with calories though – I mean, the cream cheese frosting alone..I don’t even want to think about it! So i knew that if I wanted to be able to enjoy this traditional Christmas treat, I was going to have to find another recipe that would be a little easier to indulge in.

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My kids aren’t fans of breads, but they love muffins, so I set out to find a recipe that was similar to Starbucks, but in a muffin form. The result was a muffin that is moist and slightly dense and absolutely delicious!

Gingerbread Muffins on plaid napkin

When I came across this recipe, I knew I’d found a winner. Try them for yourself!

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Gingerbread Muffins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 12 muffins


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder and salt with a whisk. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, stir together butter, brown sugar, applesauce, molasses and egg until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients and milk and stir just until ingredients are combined. Over-mixing will result in a very dense muffin.
  • Scoop batter evenly into muffin cups. (Using a ice cream scoop is helpful).
  • Sprinkle sugar sprinkles on top of the muffin batter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Adapted from A Beautiful Bite.

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Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. I just made these. I was worried they would be dry because the batter was very thick, but they came out very good. It wasn’t until I read back through the recipe that I realized I forgot the milk! They turned out great anyway, and I’m sure they’ll be even better next time when I remember to add the milk!