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Festive Holiday Gingerbread Bars Recipe

If you want a new recipe to make this holiday season, read on to make this festive holiday gingerbread bars recipe! They’re as pretty as they are delicious!

When we close in on the two week window before Christmas, life is all about getting ready for the big holiday weeks ahead. The kids will be out of school soon. Work starts to slow down. It is about to be a wonderful, relaxed time. It’s a time I look forward to each and every year. And having lots of goodies on hand is at the top of my to-do list. So, you can bet I’ll be in the kitchen plenty in the coming days baking up loads of tasty treats like these Gingerbread Bars!

If ever there was a festive looking “cookie,” it’s this one! These gingerbread cookie bars taste like Christmas and, while they’re relatively simple to whip up, they look far more impressive! So, are you read to add a new recipe to your repertoire?!

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Gingerbread Bar Cookies

Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) – melted
1 egg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Ingredients for Frosting:

8 oz cream cheese – softened
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick) – softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
Christmas sprinkles

icing

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, both sugars, vanilla and molasses. Add the egg and mix well.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well to incorporate.

5. Transfer the gingerbread batter to your greased pan and spread it evenly. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

6. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for 20 minutes before applying icing.

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Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting:

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue to mix until light and fluffy.

2. Generously frost the gingerbread bars with the cream cheese frosting.

3. Sprinkle red, green and white sprinkles all over the bars and cut into squares.

4. ENJOY!!

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Yield: 12

Festive Holiday Gingerbread Bars Recipe

These festive gingerbread bars are perfect to bring to your Christmas cookie swap or to serve at any holiday party!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) – melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.

    2. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.

    3. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, both sugars, vanilla and molasses. Add the egg and mix well.

    4. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well to incorporate.

    5. Transfer the gingerbread batter to your greased pan and spread it evenly. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

    6. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for 20 minutes before applying icing.

    7. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue to mix until light and fluffy.

    8. Generously frost the gingerbread bars with the cream cheese frosting.

    9. Sprinkle red, green and white sprinkles all over the bars and cut into squares.

    10. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 258 Total Fat: 8g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 36mg Sodium: 371mg Carbohydrates: 44g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 27g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g

More Christmas Cookies

Now do these gingerbread bars look holiday cookie swap worthy or what? I’ll definitely be making a double batch this season, one for my family AND one for our cookie exchange! Do you ever host cookie swaps my friends? They’re SO much fun! In fact, at mine I ask our guests to bring their copies of their recipe so we all can add some new holiday favorites to our go-to cookie recipe list! It’s kind of amazing to think that your family recipe will find new life with a new family!

And in case you need more Christmas cookie recipe inspiration, I shared a few more of my favorites below!

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