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Spiced Gingerbread Bars (+ Cream Cheese Frosting)

5 from 1 vote
Course: Baked Goods, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 Bars
Calories: 391.81kcal
Author: Sarah Holt
These gingerbread bars are soft, sweet and perfectly spiced. They are topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting for a treat everyone will love!
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 8 (ounces) cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan with cooking spray or butter.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix to combine.
  • Pour in the molasses, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer or whisk until smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan. The batter will be thick, but it will bake properly.* Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  • Add the cream cheese and butter to a bowl and beat until smooth. Pour in the powdered sugar, cinnamon and salt and beat on high for 1-2 minutes. Frost the cake once it has cooled.

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Notes

*NOTE: The batter will be very thick. Spread it into the pan using a spatula or wooden spoon. If you think it is too thick, you can add ½ cup of hot water to thin it out.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Spiced Gingerbread Bars (+ Cream Cheese Frosting)
Serving Size
 
1 Bar
Amount per Serving
Calories
391.81
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12.03
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
65.2
mg
22
%
Sodium
 
345.31
mg
15
%
Potassium
 
360.41
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
67.41
g
22
%
Fiber
 
0.95
g
4
%
Sugar
 
45.39
g
50
%
Protein
 
4.53
g
9
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Vitamin A
 
391.89
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
0.02
mg
0
%

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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