Gingerbread Cookie Bars have a soft and chewy, spiced molasses cookie base topped with the BEST cream cheese frosting. Add red and green sprinkles or nonpareils for a festive Christmas dessert!

Gingerbread Cookie Bars

 

Yield 12 + (depending on size)

Ingredients

Cookie:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cold (I typically use Neufchatel cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. FOR THE COOKIE: Cream butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. Mix in egg, vanilla, and molasses until completely combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add to wet ingredients until combined. 
  4. Press evenly into a greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-22 minutes or until the edges and top are starting to brown. Do not over-bake. Cool completely.
  5. FOR THE FROSTING: Place the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the butter 2 Tablespoons at a time, and continue beating until smooth and well-blended. Add powdered sugar and vanilla all at once. Blend until combined and smooth. 
  6. Cut the very edges off of the bars. (Optional. Snack or discard.) Spread frosting over the top of the cooled bars. Cut into desired size. (3x4=12 bars OR 3x5=15 bars OR 4x6=24 bars) Keep leftovers covered. You can either refrigerate OR store bars at room temperature, depending on personal preference.

Recipe Notes

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