Soft Glazed Gingerbread Bars

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Craving gingerbread but don’t have time to make those cute, little gingerbread men? Try these quick and easy, soft glazed Gingerbread Bars. 

Soft and chewy, Gingerbread Cookie Bars

It’s snowing this morning for the first time this winter and it is giving me all the joyful Christmas feels.

I want to curl up under a blanket with hot chocolate, listen to Christmas carols, bake cookies, wrap presents, go on a snowy walk outside, stamp our Christmas cards, and decorate for Christmas.

I can get all of that done today, right? At least it will be fun to try!

Gingerbread Bars

I made these easy gingerbread bars a few days ago when the baking bug bit, even though I said I was done baking Christmas treats for the year.

They were so good, I wound up making them again yesterday and tweaking the recipe a bit so they are even better.

I hope that you love these as much as we do!

Gingerbread Bars

Gingerbread Bar Ingredients

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • molasses
  • egg
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • ground nutmeg
Soft Glazed Gingerbread Bars

How To Make Gingerbread Bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar, beat in the molasses and egg.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined.
  3. Press into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool completely before glazing.
  4. To make the glaze, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla and enough of the milk to make a smooth consistency that is easy to drizzle. Drizzle onto cooled bars. Cut into squares.
Easy Gingerbread Bars
Gingerbread Bars

Soft Glazed Gingerbread Bars

Craving gingerbread but don’t have time to make those cute, little gingerbread men? Try these quick and easy, soft gingerbread bars.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars

Ingredients 

For the Gingerbread Bars

  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl cream together the butter and brown sugar, beat in the molasses and egg. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until well combined.
  • Press into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool completely before glazing.
  • To make the glaze, mix together the powdered sugar, vanilla and enough of the milk to make a smooth consistency that is easy to drizzle. Drizzle onto cooled bars. Cut into squares.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar
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{originally published 12/9/17 – recipe notes and photos updated 9/14/21}

Here are a few more gingerbread treats to try:

Gingerbread Loaf from Tastes of Lizzy T

Classic Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake from Dinner, then Dessert

If you prefer gingerbread flavors in cookie form, check out my soft Molasses Crinkle Cookies!

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  1. Jody says

    This is the BEST gingerbread bar I’ve ever come across. I’m not even a huge gingerbread fan and I LOVED this! Gooey throughout with a crispy top. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Barb cramer says

    I loved these bars. They are like a ginerbread brownie. So crazy good! I plan on making them more often. Thanks.?

  3. Barb cramer says

    I loved these bars. They are like a ginger bread brownie. So crazy good! I plan on making them more often. Thanks.?

    • V says

      Tried this recipe tonight using my stand mixer. I’ll add more ginger and cinnamon next time. Made it in a 9×13 and cut it into 16 squares.

  4. Stephanie says

    I love this recipe because it offers the deliciousness of gingerbread without the pain of rolling and cutting gingerbread men. Plus, it stays moist and there’s no risk of overcooking (unless you really forget about it in the oven).

    Tip: wet your hands when it’s time to press the dough into the pan. That keeps the dough from being VERY sticky on your hands.

  5. Sarah says

    Question- do you mean light brown sugar or dark brown sugar? Usually when a recipe calls for brown sugar it means light but I’ve heard dark brown sugar is used for gingerbread. Can you tell me which one I should use? Thank you!

  6. Ashlee says

    I didn’t bake the bars, but I needed a quick glaze that would set for my gingerbread men because they seemed a little dry and this worked! Thank you!

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