Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 6 votes

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If you’re planning on making treats for neighbors or loved ones this holiday season, these soft and chewy Gingerbread Bars, are perfect.

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Are ginger/molasses cookies totally just Christmas cookies? Cause it’s not even Thanksgiving and I’ve been craving these since….umm…June?!

Actually, since me and a few of my blogging friends were in Austin at Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop and we tried their amazing ginger cookies, that’s when my love affair started.

There ain’t nothing wrong with chewy cookie bars. Or cream cheese frosting.

And, interesting fact: cookie bars are approximately 17.2 times EASIER to make then actual cookies. And you are 24.9 times less likely to screw them up. I love not scooping cookie dough, or waiting in 8 minute intervals to switch cookie sheets in the oven.

If you’re planning on making some sort of treats for neighbors or loved ones this holiday season, I’d recommend cookie bars. These cookie bars. Fun, festive, easy and my new favorite holiday treat. And I’m not just saying that. These are my favorites as of now. Wanna make ’em? THOUGHT SO.

Here we go:
IMG_0139Start by creaming butter with brown sugar and sugar.IMG_0144To that, add in some molasses, an egg and some vanilla.IMG_0146Stir it up until smooth. It might look a little funky, but it’s totes normal.IMG_0148Now you can measure out all your dry ingredients. Aaaaand, lets pretend that the ginger is actually in this photo and I didn’t forget to add it in until the VERY end. *total blonde moment*IMG_0151Once those ingredients are incorporated, you have a mighty tasty cookie dough if I do say so myself.IMG_0153Press cookie dough into a small jellyroll pan greased well with nonstick cooking spray AND lined with foil. Bake and get ready to live!!IMG_0215While the cookie bars are doing their thing in the oven, make the frosting. Stir together some softened butter, softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.IMG_0220Whip it good until it’s completely smooth and set aside.IMG_0225Once your cookie bars come out of the oven, cool completely and then frost. IMG_0246Cut into bars immediately!!!!! And then shove them into your pie hole share them with your friends.
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Yes puh-lease. Come to mama!

These are my new favorite treat to make because they are seriously super soft and chewy, plus the cream cheese frosting is simply *amazing* with the ginger cookie base. Be sure to print this recipe…you’re going to want to make these again and again!

{*This recipe is adapted from my gingerdoodle cookies…just baked into bars with cream cheese frosting.}

5 from 6 votes

Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you’re planning on making treats for neighbors or loved ones this holiday season, these soft and chewy Gingerbread Bars, are perfect.
servings 16 bars
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs

Ingredients

for the frosting-

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line 12.25” x 8.75” x 1” jelly roll pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla and molasses. Whip 1-2 minutes or until it turns a light brown color. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix until dry ingredients are just combined. Press into prepared pan and bake 20-22 minutes or until edges are barely starting to brown. Cool completely.
  • For the frosting- whip all ingredients together until smooth. Spread overtop bars and cut into squares. Serve immediately or store in air tight container.
  • *if you don't have a small jellyroll pan, you can use a glass 8x8 dish, just add 2-3 extra minutes to the baking time.*

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 376IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gingerbread Bars

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  1. Sandy F

    Do you no longer allow pinning of your recipes? I can no longer find the Pin option. The spot where it says 1k shares does not open. Thank you.

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  3. Macrae

    Does the baking soda really go in the frosting? My computer layout makes the recipe look like it says 1 teaspoon for the frosting…? I just made the bars, they are in the oven, but about to make the frosting and it seems odd to put baking soda NOT in the bars, and put it in the frosting? Maybe a typo?

  4. Martha

    5 stars
    I am not a huge fan of gingerbread but made a double batch to give out to neighbors. These turned out amazing! So so good. Easy to make and delicious (and has turned me into a fan!). I literally can’t stop eating them. And for me, the texture is fantastic!

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  6. Liz Miller

    I expected to find Pinterest buttons somewhere…..I did not find any, I am extremely disappointed. You need this for people to save the recipes.

    EMM

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