Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are ultra thick, soft, and chewy with tons of aromatic spices and a generous layer of tangy frosting!
12 large or 24 small bars
Tessa's Recipe Rundown...
Taste: These bars are loaded with the essential gingerbread flavors: molasses and warm spices! The tangy cream cheese frosting on top is the perfect complement. Texture: Soft yet chewy, and thick enough to be substantial so these bars are perfect for both casual gatherings or even a more special occasion. Ease: Super easy. Pros: Quick and easy twist on a classic holiday treat that everyone will love. Cons: I can’t think of one! Would I make this again? Absolutely. These travel well so they’re perfect for bringing to a party, or delivering to your friends, neighbors, or school teachers!
These Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are ultra simple and easy. They’re basically foolproof! But they check every box for what you’d want from a Christmas-time recipe. If you’re looking for more easy but impressive Christmas cookie recipes, be sure to check out Tessa’s Christmas Cookies!
Is there anything better than the aroma of sweet warm spices coming from your kitchen when it’s a chilly winter day? Baking during the holiday season is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures.
There’s something just so comforting about it. This time of year is usually busy with events, shopping, family, and work. But when you take a couple hours away from the craziness to just unwind in the kitchen, all of that stress seems to just melt away.
Especially if you’re baking a tried and true recipe, or one that’s simple enough to not cause you extra stress!
Since I have a few friends who are obsessed with cream cheese frosting, I’m always finding ways to add it to new recipes. I love it on these gingerbread bars, but feel free to leave it out if you’d prefer. The bars are ultra tasty all on their own.
Enjoy these easy homemade gingerbread cookie bars with a mug of something warm and near the twinkling lights of your Christmas tree. There’s no better way to enjoy the season in my mind!
How to Make Gingerbread Cookie Bars
What you need for homemade gingerbread cookie bars:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to combine.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the egg and molasses and beat until combined. On low speed slowly add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated.
Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through but still moist and soft. Can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Make the frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on medium-high speed until very light, creamy, and smooth. On low speed gradually add in the sugar and beat until fluffy.
Spread the frosting all over the cookie. Cut into squares and serve. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.
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Recipe byTessa Arias
I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)
As a trained chef and cookbook author, I share trusted baking recipes your friends & family will love alongside insights into the science of sweets. I help take the luck out of baking so you *always* have delicious results! Learn more here.
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