Mulled Wine Gingerbread with Orange Frosting

Maybe you have never considered pairing mulled wine with gingerbread, but it’s a combination made in foodie heaven; right up there with peanut butter and chocolate or blueberry and lemon.  It’s also the perfect combination for a cold winter’s eve, and as always – simple to make!

I started with a Wine Barrel Gourmet Mulled Wine Muffin Mix.

Mulled Wine Muffin Mix

Add 3/4 cup molasses, 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup red wine, and 1/2 cup water or orange juice. Stir to combine, and bake in a greased, 8 x 8 inch pan at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Let cool completely.

Prepare frosting – beat together 1/4 cup butter (at room temperature), 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 Tbsp orange juice. I also added just a drop of red and yellow food coloring to make the frosting a light orange color.

Mulled Wine Gingerbread

As you may be able to see from this not very good photo – I cut the gingerbread into 64 little pieces and piped a dollop of frosting on each, then lightly sprinkled with orange sugar sprinkles.

This was a good addition to our holiday buffet, not too sweet or rich, but a true old-fashioned comfort food. Using the Mulled Wine Muffin mix meant I didn’t have to deal with digging around in my spice cupboard  for just the right spice combination during a time when the kitchen is a mess. And of all of the treats on the table, this one might actually be the healthiest as the mix contains whole wheat flour, and molasses is an excellent non-meat source of iron. The red wine provides a good foundation that pulls all the other flavors together.  The Mulled Wine Muffin mix can be ordered here. Hurry though, this is a seasonal item and will only be available during the winter.

If, like me, you love all things ginger, check out the amazing new cookbook by Jennifer Lindner McGlinn, Gingerbread – Timeless Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Desserts, Ice Cream, and Candy. She has included all kinds of historical gingerbread information with her creative, and inspiring recipes. I know I will be using it often!

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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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