Gingerbread Bars

These perfect Gingerbread Bars bring together all the flavors of the season in one simple treat.

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Christmas is only a few days away and I’m sharing with you my very last Christmas cookie recipe this year.  I like to save the best for last and this year is no exception.  These delicious Gingerberead Bars are my family’s favorites.  In fact, my son who is away at college starts requesting them right after Thanksgiving.  Gingerbread bars are lovely to enjoy anytime during the holidays, they bring together all the flavors of the season in one simple treat.

Gingerbread Bars | ZagLeft

This is a recipe I’ve been making for years.  For some reason, I’ve never had much success with making Gingerbread Men.  My cut-out gingerbread cookies are always either too thin or too doughy. With these gingerbread bars, I don’t have to worry about that.  They’re so moist and buttery and are absolute holiday perfection.

These gingerbread bars have the perfect amounts of ginger, cinnamon and molassses that make gingerbread so special.  Since they’re so easy to make, you might find yourself doing what I do, keeping a batch always made to enjoy throughout the holidays.
Gingerbread Bars | ZagLeft

Enjoy them with milk, hot chocolate, a cup of tea or by themselves!

Gingerbread Bars

These perfect Gingerbread Bars bring together all the flavors of the season in one simple treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 20 squares
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter , room temperature (2 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • Confectioners sugar (for dusting)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with butter.
  • Combine flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugars in a large bowl with electric mixer on high speed for 3 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, combine well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla and molasses, and mix on medium speed until combined.
  • Gently stir in flour mixture.
  • Spread batter evenly in pan and bake about 30 to 35 minutes, until edges just begin to harden. Cool completely and cut into squares.
  • Dust with confectioners sugar, if desired.

Notes

These bars can be frozen in the pan after they are cooled and before they are cut.

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