1931 Gingerbread Muffins

A spicy gingerbread muffin from a 1931 magazine ad. 

Servings 12


  • 1 1/2 cup flour Original recipe was for Pillsbury. I used a gluten free 1/1 blend and it worked great!
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 cup sour milk To make sour milk pour almost 1/2 cup into a glass or dish, add about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes.
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup shortening melted
  • 1 egg beaten


  1. Mix and sift all dry ingredients

  2. Add the sour milk, molasses, melted shortening, and egg. 

  3. Mix thoroughly. Pour into greased muffin tins. You can also use paper muffin cups, but mine did release just fine from a greased pan. 

  4. Bake. Original Instructions say 360 degrees for 27 minutes. I suggest beginning to check for doneness at 15 minutes. When a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean they are done.