Enjoy the simplicity of these soft and chewy gingerbread cookie bars – a hassle-free treat without the need for chilling dough or using cookie cutters. They stand out on their own, boasting the nostalgic flavors of warm spice and molasses. You can also elevate them with a delightful layer of spiced cream cheese frosting. Perfect for when you crave a large batch of cookies but are short on time, these generously sized 9×13-inch bars are ideal for sharing, especially during the holidays.
If you’re a fan of the familiar holiday taste found in gingerbread and molasses cookies, you’ll appreciate the comforting notes of spice and molasses in these bars. Imagine the soft and chewy texture of a brownie, but with the festive essence of gingerbread. The simplicity of making these bars, with no dough chilling or rolling required, adds to their appeal. They’re a quick and easy alternative to traditional cookie recipes, making them perfect for those pressed for time.
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These Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are incredibly straightforward and uncomplicated, meeting all the criteria for a perfect Christmas recipe!
Imagine the delightful fragrance of sweet, warm spices wafting from your kitchen on a chilly winter day. Baking during the holiday season is undeniably one of life’s simplest and most gratifying pleasures. Amidst the hustle and bustle of events, shopping, family gatherings, and work commitments, taking a couple of hours to unwind in the kitchen has a magical way of melting away stress.
The addition of tangy cream cheese enhances the flavor of these gingerbread bars, but feel free to omit it if you prefer. The bars are delicious and satisfying on their own.
Indulge in these effortlessly homemade gingerbread cookie bars while sipping on a warm beverage, surrounded by the twinkling lights of your Christmas tree. In my opinion, there’s no better way to savor the season!
What makes these gingerbread cookie bars stand out:
Soft and chewy texture, avoiding the cakey feel
Rich molasses and spice flavor associated with holiday treats
Generates a large batch, ideal for serving a crowd
Skip the hassle of dough chilling and rolling – a fuss-free recipe
Quick and easy compared to traditional cookie recipes
Optional addition of white chocolate or butterscotch chips for variety
Can be topped with a layer of cinnamon-spiced cream cheese frosting
How to make this recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
In another bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses for about one minute.
Mix in the egg until well combined.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well combined.
Spread the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Allow the cookie bars to cool completely.
For the cream cheese frosting, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla, beating for another minute or until creamy.
Spread the cream cheese frosting over the cooled bars and garnish with holiday sprinkles.
Once the frosting is set, slice and serve. Enjoy your delicious Gingerbread Cookie Bars!
Unlike other recipes, there’s no need to chill the dough, roll it into balls, or cut it into shapes. The only waiting required is for the pan to cool before cutting them into bars.
The simple ingredients include all-purpose flour, baking soda for leavening, a blend of spices (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and a pinch of black pepper), salt, a mix of brown and white sugars, molasses, an egg for binding, and vanilla extract for flavor. You can also add white chocolate or butterscotch chips for extra texture.
The dough, with its melted butter base, is easy to spread and press into the pan. Line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal and slicing after cooling. Bake until the top is set, being careful not to over-bake. Allow the bars to cool for at least an hour before frosting and slicing.
For an extra touch, consider topping these delightful gingerbread bars with a spiced cream cheese frosting. This creamy and tangy frosting complements the bars perfectly, enhancing the overall experience.
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- ½ cup + 3 tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 ounces cream cheese
- 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9×13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside.
- In another bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses for about one minute.
- Mix in the egg until well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well combined.
- Spread the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Allow the cookie bars to cool completely.
- For the cream cheese frosting, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
- Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla, beating for another minute or until creamy.
- Spread the cream cheese frosting over the cooled bars and garnish with holiday sprinkles.
- Once the frosting is set, slice and serve. Enjoy your delicious Gingerbread Cookie Bars!