Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

12.05.2016

Chewy, perfectly spiced Gingerbread Bars meet sweet, luscious Cream Cheese Frosting and it is a match meant to be! These are one of the best holiday bars and once you try them you’ll want to make them every Christmas season!

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Gingerbread Bars, the Perfect Holiday Treat!

These bars are a nice meet in the middle kind of gingerbread. They aren’t overly spiced, more of a mellow yet still deliciously gingery bar. So kids and adults alike will love them.

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Sometimes when I make gingerbread with a lot of ginger or molasses it can be a little too strong for my kids but these are perfect.

It still had enough ginger and molasses in them that I loved them and it wasn’t too much for my kids because they loved them just as much.

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Another great thing about these is that they are so easy to make. I like bars because you don’t have to bake up individual portions like cookies, instead you just spread it all into one pan.

Feel free to add as many festive Christmas sprinkles as you’d like. I couldn’t resist adding some itty bitty little gingerbread men to mine as well.

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If you really want to get into things you could make some homemade mini gingerbread men like I did here. Then just keep them in the freezer and add them to all your gingerbread treats throughout the month.

Try these gingerbread bars soon, you just can’t go wrong with these during this time of year! Who could resist? They’ll be enjoyed down the the last little crumb.

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Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

4.91 from 10 votes

Chewy, perfectly spiced Gingerbread Bars meet sweet, luscious Cream Cheese Frosting and it is a match meant to be! These are one of the best holiday bars and once you try them you'll want to make them every Christmas season!

Servings: 20
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp (300g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup (220g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) unsulphured molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, nearly at room temperature (I like to use 1/4 c salted butter 1/4 c unsalted)
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, nearly at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together butter, brown sugar and molasses until combined. 
  4. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix until combined. Fold batter with a spatula as needed until batter appears to be evenly incorporated.

  5. Pour dough into prepared baking dish and spread and press into an even layer using your hands. 
  6. Bake in preheated oven until bars have baked through, about 14 - 17 minutes (be careful not to over-bake). Transfer baking dish to a wire rack and let bars cool completely.
  7. For the cream cheese frosting: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth. 

  8. Add in powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy*. Spread frosting over cooled bars.

  9. Cut into squares. Cover with lid or plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • *From here I like to freeze the frosting in 3 minute intervals then I mix between intervals using the stand mixer until it's the consistency I like (it usually takes about 9 minutes total. 
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Potassium 97mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Sugars 29g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 10.4%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gingerbread Bars
Calories: 314 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

70 comments

  • Carmen: These bars were amazing
    next time I won’t use so much frosting. December 19, 2018 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Sherry: What do you do if the only mixer you have is the one that you hold? It’s the older type. No stand. No paddle. These really sound yummy and I’d like to bake to share with neighbors. Thanks. December 10, 2018 at 3:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: A hand held mixer should work here too. If batter starts to get to heavy for mixer then I’d finish mixing in the remaining by hand. Happy Holidays! December 12, 2018 at 5:53pm Reply

  • Erin Silverman: My frosting turned out super melty. I am sure they will harden up in the fridge but do they need to be served immediately? I wanted to bring them for a pot luck where they will be sitting out at room temperature. They are delicious, but very messy! December 5, 2018 at 6:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry to hear that. They don’t need to be served immediately, they can keep in the fridge for 3 days just fine. December 8, 2018 at 11:29pm Reply

  • Mitzi: Hi! I’d like to make these in a mini muffin pan. Any advice?
    Thank you:) December 5, 2018 at 5:38pm Reply

  • Catherine: Please tell me ASAP where did you get the little gingerbread men? December 2, 2018 at 11:34am Reply

  • Katie: Have you ever froze these? Do they defrost ok? Or is it more not recommended. November 26, 2018 at 7:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should freeze well without the frosting but the frosting itself probably won’t freeze well because of the cream cheese. November 26, 2018 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Nancy Zekveld: Does the frosting stay soft? I want to be able to package for selling. November 23, 2018 at 10:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes the frosting will stay soft. November 25, 2018 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Priscilla Joyner: Hello I want to make these for my ginger bread contest this year Can you tell me how you made the little gingerbread men the link takes you to pancakes September 11, 2018 at 2:43pm Reply

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