Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 large or 24 small bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

 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!

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!

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.

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!

Especially if you’re baking a tried and true recipe, or one that’s simple enough to not cause you extra stress! 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!

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.

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!

Enjoy these bars with a mug of something warm and you’ll near the twinkling lights of your Christmas tree. There’s no better way to enjoy the season in my mind!

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!

4.3 rating
3 reviews

Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Yield 12 large or 24 small bars
Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 40 mins

 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!

Ingredients

    For the cookies

    • 3 cups (380 grams) all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 1/2 sticks (170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup (100 grams) packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup (170 grams) unsulfured molasses
    • 1 large egg

    For the frosting

    • 8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste (or extract)
    • 2 cups (250 grams) powdered sugar, sifted

    Directions

    Make the 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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    13 Responses to “Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting”

    1. #
      Tori//Gringalicious.com — November 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Omg, these look like a piece of heaven!

    2. #
      Erica Lea | Buttered Side Up — November 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Reuben is a cream cheese frosting fanatic as well. And he’s a big gingerbread fan, so this looks like his dream holiday dessert. 😀

    3. #
      Radha — November 30, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Hi, what can i use instead of molasses?

    4. #
      Raeanne — December 1, 2017 at 10:59 am

      These look so good! I have actually been avoiding sugar for the past nine months, but I might just have to try this recipe. Can’t wait!

    5. #
      Jamie — December 2, 2017 at 6:32 am

      I was all set to make another dessert for a family dinner on Sunday but then I saw these…now I think these have to be made! I don’t know if I can wait till Sunday…

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      CHRISOULA VLAHAKI — December 2, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Dear Radha I was also looking for a substitute and I found some in this site https://www.thebalance.com/molasses-substitute-1388891

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      brookiebaker — December 4, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      These are a new favorite winter dessert for me!!! They taste like all good things Christmas all in one!!!! Yummy, I will definitely make them again!

      • #
        Tessa — December 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

        Woohoo!! That makes me very happy to hear!

    8. #
      Anne — November 22, 2018 at 7:22 am

      I made these. We all liked them. Great texture and flavor. Best cream cheese frosting recipe. Thank you!

      5.0 rating

    9. #
      Linda — December 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Hi
      Can the gingerbread be frozen until needed.

    10. #
      Diane — December 6, 2018 at 10:29 am

      OMG!! I made these Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting and they are so good! They have just the right amount of spices and the frosting like puts them over the top. I would definitely recommend this recipe. It is now my favorite cookie bar recipe! Thanks Tessa for this great recipe!

      5.0 rating

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        Tessa — December 6, 2018 at 4:57 pm

        I’m so pleased you liked the recipe! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

    11. #
      Katie — December 11, 2018 at 10:07 am

      I think this is a great recipe, however, I omitted the salt and still found them overly salty. Not sure what made them taste like this but would be amazing without that saltiness!

      3.0 rating

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