Lemon Hard Sauce With Gingerbread

Lemon Hard Sauce With GingerbreadRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Reader Jean Smith of Brookhaven, Mississippi, inspired this delicious topping for gingerbread. Make your own favorite gingerbread recipe, or use a mix.


Makes about 1 cup hard sauce
Total time: 10 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 10 Minutes


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Warm gingerbread


1. Beat softened butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy. Serve immediately with warm gingerbread.

Note: Store sauce in refrigerator up to 1 week. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.