Gingerbread Cookie Bars

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These soft and chewy Gingerbread Cookie Bars topped with cream cheese frosting are so easy to make and just might become your new favorite holiday treat.

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Gingerbread Cookies Bars:

Are you ready for another must-make Christmas dessert idea? Well, ready or not, these Gingerbread Cookie Bars might be your new favorite treat.

Ever since I made gingerbread cookies a couple of years ago, I honestly just can’t get enough gingerbread. I’m not sure why it took me 38 years to appreciate this magical holiday flavor, but I’m so glad I finally figured it out.

And speaking of cookies, I have the ultimate collection of Christmas cookie recipes right HERE. Tap through to check out all of my favorite holiday cookies. You’re in for a tasty adventure!

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Last year I made these Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies and I couldn’t stop eating them. They were SO GOOD! This year it is all about these Gingerbread Cookie Bars. After I made them, I immediately packed them up and put them in the freezer to stop myself from eating the entire batch. Did that stop me? Nope. I’m still scrounging through the freezer, taking one out, and microwaving it for like 15 seconds! It’s pure bliss. I can’t stop myself.

Needless to say…, these are delicious. Ha! I also love that they are so easy to make. You can whip up 2 dozen cookies in no time. And I have a bonus tip for you. Once you cut out the 24 bars, cut the bars on a diagonal and you’ll have 48 perfectly sized adorable triangle-shaped cookies. You’re welcome!

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This post also includes a gift for you as I’m joined by my Tastes of the Season blogger friends who are sharing even more delicious holiday cookie inspiration. If you’re looking to try some new cookie recipes, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve linked everyone at the end of this post, so be sure to check them out before carrying on with your day.

And with that, I think it’s time to bake up these Gingerbread Cookie Bars!

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Kitchen Tools I Recommend for This Recipe:

Whether you’re wondering what equipment you’ll need for this recipe, curious about my favorite utensils, or if you’re just looking to stock your own kitchen, these are the kitchen tools I recommend for this recipe:

Want more? You can find the list of My Ultimate Kitchen Essentials HERE.

How to Make Gingerbread Cookie Bars:

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with baking spray. You can also line the pan with parchment paper and then coat it with baking spray. This just makes it easier to remove the bars from the pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. I’ve provided a full list of the ingredients and detailed recipe instructions in a printable recipe card below.

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In a large bowl, with an electric mixer (hand or stand), beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses until light and airy: about 4-5 minutes.

Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and begin to combine. Add in the milk and start mixing again. Finally, add in the rest of the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.

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With a spatula, spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

In the meantime, prepare the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar (one cup at a time), vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until light and fluffy.

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Once the bars have cooled completely, frost with the prepared cream cheese frosting, then sprinkle with festive sprinkles. You can find the gingerbread people sprinkles HERE and the red, green, and white sprinkles HERE.

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Cut into squares and serve.

Extras (if there are any) can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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And that’s it! I told you these Gingerbread Cookie Bars were easy to make!

As I mentioned above, I think you are going to really love these. They make a delicious stand-alone dessert or a lovely addition to your cookie tray!

I hope you enjoy them! Happy Baking!

Season of Home Christmas Cookie Recipes:

And don’t forget, if you want more Christmas cookie ideas, be sure to check out the posts below. Enjoy!

Seasons of Home Christmas Cookie Recipes

Italian Christmas Cookies by Ella Claire & Co. | Sugar Sprinkled Lemon Snowflake Cookies by French Country Cottage | Ginger Orange Cream Cookies by Handmade Farmhouse

Seasons of Home Christmas Cookie Recipes

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies by Zevy Joy | Snowball Cookies by Freutcake | Gingerbread Cookie Bars by Inspired by Charm

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Gingerbread Cookie Bars Recipe:

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, cookie, cookie bars, gingerbread, holiday
Servings: 24 bars
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
These soft and chewy Gingerbread Cookie Bars topped with cream cheese frosting are so easy to make and just might become your new favorite holiday treat.

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with baking spray. (You can also line the pan with parchment paper and then coat with baking spray.)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer (hand or stand), beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, and egg until light and airy: about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and begin to combine. Add in the milk and start mixing again. Finally, add in the rest of the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.
  • With a spatula, spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until set and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • In the meantime, prepare the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. Add the powdered sugar (one cup at a time), vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Once the bars have cooled completely, frost with the prepared cream cheese frosting, then sprinkle with festive sprinkles. Cut into squares and serve.
  • Extras (if there are any) can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

You can find the gingerbread people sprinkles HERE and the red, green, and white sprinkles HERE.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 262mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 437IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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  • Susan at

    Hello Michael! I just made these gingerbread cookie bars – wow! So good! And that’s before I added the cream cheese frosting. I’m taking these to share at a meeting tomorrow afternoon; they’re sure to be a hit. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Merry Christmas!

  • Kristi at

    These are absolutely scrumptious! My husband was hovering in the kitchen while I made the frosting and sliced them up, and not, they did not disappoint. They were simple to make. I’ll definitely be making them again this year and for many Christmases to come!

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