This isn’t some new-fangled flavor pairing, it’s an East Coast classic.
Lemon with gingerbread reminds me of my grandmother. She used to serve her gingerbread cake with a hot lemon sauce, which was how everyone around here ate it. And sometimes she’d glaze her soft molasses cookies with a lemon icing.
If it wasn’t for the fact that I grew up with the combination of lemon and molasses I might not get why they pair so beautifully.
Cut these squares very small so you can pop a whole square in your mouth at once. That way you’re tasting the lemon icing and the spices all at once, which is just how it should be.
These gingerbread squares have an especially delicious spice blend (5 spices in all) and they’re not too rich so can handle the sugary glaze.
Think brownies when you’re baking these squares. The shorter the baking time the more fudgy the squares will be.