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Gingerbread bars

Gingerbread Bars

Christmas is knocking at the front door, and if you're needing an extra easy and extra delicious treat, these Gingerbread Bars are just what you need.
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars
Calories 238 kcal

Equipment

  • jelly roll pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Frosting -

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line 12.25” x 8.75” x 1” jelly roll pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla and molasses. Whip 1-2 minutes or until it turns a light brown color. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix until dry ingredients are just combined. Press into prepared pan and bake 20-22 minutes or until edges are barely starting to brown. Cool completely.
  • For the frosting- whip all ingredients together until smooth. Spread overtop bars and cut into squares. Serve immediately or store in air tight container.

Notes

*If you don't have a small jellyroll pan, you can use a glass 8x8 dish, just add 2-3 extra minutes to the baking time. The bars will be slightly thicker.

Nutrition

Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 259mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 438IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword christmas cookies, cream cheese frosting, gingerbread bars
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