Gingerbread Bars

This time of year, we all love anything with spices. And the fragrance that permeates the house when something with spices is baking. These bars are lovely and dense, with a nice mixture of the spices we all know and love, but with the added surprise of some fresh ginger and fresh orange zest for an even more delectable bar. You're going to love these. And the cream cheese frosting adds the perfect final touch. Gayle's recipes never miss.

Gingerbread Bars
From :pastry studio

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves           
1/8 teaspoon black pepper                                   
4 oz butter (8 tablespoons) at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup  granulated sugar                                             
1 egg, room temperature
1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
zest of 1/2 orange

For the frosting:
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 oz (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9” x 9” square baking pan.  Line the bottom with parchment, leaving an overhang on 2 sides.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.  In another bowl, cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until blended.  Mix in the molasses, grated ginger and orange zest. Add the flour gradually beating just until blended. You'll find the batter is quite thick, so use an offset spatula to spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 22 - 24 minutes,
Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  Lift the pastry out of the pan, peel the parchment and cool.

Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add the vanilla and blend. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Frost the cooled bars. 

Store these bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  Bring to room temperature to serve. 


  1. They look and sound extremely addictive!



  2. I love bars !! and these look amazing Barbara!!

  3. Wow! These sound absolutely superb!

  4. It looks delicious and exactly what I would love with my tea!

  5. looks so good love the baked goods this time of year

  6. Oh yes! On a cool fall day this is a beautiful aroma to fill up the house. This spice cake would be gone at my house. Love it.


  7. Yum! Would love these treats Barbara.

  8. thin, perfectly spiced bars with a thick and luscious layer of frosting--these are fall perfection!

  9. I bet your home smelled wonderful, love these bars.

  10. Cinnamon is my number one spice and I love to put it in almost anything! These squares look delicious and I can imagine the smell while baking!

  11. wonderful spice combination--everything you'd want in gingerbread bars. the molasses really deepens the flavors, too.

  12. Like your scary header, Barbara! And I really like this cake! Gingerbread is a wonderful thing in the fall, or any time. And this recipe sounds unique with the black pepper. It looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  13. I can almost smell them! I love the spices in gingerbread and know I'd love them. They are Boo-tiful!

  14. How delicious those sound! I love ginger in anything.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  15. These are my kind of bars! Can't wait to try this recipe.



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