Cream Cheese Frosted Gingerbread Bars


What? You guys didn’t think I was going to, like, wait another minute after Thanksgiving to start with the Christmas recipes, did you?

Uh, no. Not happening. I’m all about the Christmas cookie life, my friends.

My tree has been up for two weeks, our house is fully decorated, and when my cookie jar starts looking empty, I immediately bake up a batch of my kids’ new favorite chocolate Christmas cookie. ‘Tis the season, you guys!

These soft and chewy gingerbread cookie bars are the perfect treat for Christmas!

My kids love decorating gingerbread men, but nah. That’s too much work for me. I do one kind of cut-out cookie per year and that kind is always my mama’s butter cookies. They are the best cut-out cookies I’ve ever had and I just don’t have the patience to be rolling out multiple batches of dough and cutting out ten million and one shapes for kids who are going to get bored of the decorating after five minutes anyway.

Gingerbread bars it is!

These bars are thick and chewy. They’re so soft and that cream cheese frosting on top really is just divine.

These soft and chewy gingerbread cookie bars are the perfect treat for Christmas!

I don’t like my gingerbread too spicy, so I didn’t use a ton of ginger in this recipe. You can up it, if you like a stronger ginger flavor. I think these are perfectly mellow, though.

Anyway, I hope you love these chewy gingerbread cookies as much as we do!

These soft and chewy gingerbread cookie bars are the perfect treat for Christmas!

These soft and chewy gingerbread cookie bars are the perfect treat for Christmas!
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Chewy Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 373 kcal

These gingerbread cookie bars are so much easier than cutting out little men. And that cream cheese frosting on top is divine!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and molasses using an electric mixer.
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until just combined.
  5. Use a rubber spatula to spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, beat together the cream  cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until smooth and creamy.
  8. Spread frosting over the cooled bars and serve.
  9. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Chewy Gingerbread Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 147mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Sugars 42g
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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