Chewy Gingerbread Bars

Christmas Baking Series Part 3

After I made these for the first time last year I quickly decided they needed to be a yearly tradition.
There aren’t very many foods that have made it to that status for me.
But these rank right up there as one of my very favorite Christmas desserts.

Chewy Gingerbread Bars

These are seriously the best bars ever.
And the best gingerbread ever.
They’re chewy and soft and have a cream cheese frosting.
It’s hard to only eat one.

Add sprinkles or other Christmasy garnish and they’re festive enough for a party.

These chewy gingerbread bars are so delicious you’ll probably want
to add them to your traditional Christmas baking, too.

Chewy Gingerbread Bars

Yield: One 9x9 pan

Chewy Gingerbread Bars

Ingredients

    For the Bars:
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt

Directions

    For the Bars:
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl) combine the melted butter, sugar, and molasses. Beat until well combined.
  2. Add the egg and beat until smooth.
  3. Add all of the ingredients except the flour and mix well.
  4. Add the flour and mix just until well combined.
  5. Spray a 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  6. Press the dough into the dish.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until a knife inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean. Do not over bake. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  8. For the Frosting:
  9. Mix all of the frosting ingredients together in a stand mixer. Beat until nice and smooth.
  10. Spread the frosting over the top of the cooled bars.
  11. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  12. Store the leftover bars in the refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

If you would like to double the recipe, use a large jelly roll pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/chewy-gingerbread-bars/

Recipe source: Jamie Cooks It Up

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2 Responses to Chewy Gingerbread Bars

  1. Mrs. Smith December 14, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    These look ohmygosh amazing!!! I love gingerbread, especially when it’s chewy.

    • Lori December 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

      You need to try these then, Leilani! Then let me know how what you think of them.

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