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Gingerbread Cookie Bars

These gingerbread cookies bars look pretty and taste great. Those warming winter spices are the perfect festive flavour. And these cookie bars are both decadent and fun to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. 

We like to make up a big batch of gingerbread cookie bars to keep ready for guests popping round over the festive holidays. They look like we’ve made a huge effort for our guests. And we do love to be great hosts.

The great thing is, the gingerbread cookie bars are easy to make and ready in no time.

Gingerbread Recipe

This easy soft gingerbread cookie recipe makes for a great edible gift as well at Christmas time. We’re sure lots of people would love Christmas bar cookies. These are like Christmas dessert bars. 

The frosted gingerbread cookie bars keep for a good length of time in the fridge, so you can enjoy fresh gingerbread for days. That’s if they will last that long!

Plate of large gingerbread cookie slices covered in vanilla frosting and festive sprinkles
Gingerbread Cookie Bars

What are gingerbread cookie bars exactly?

Gingerbread cookie bars have the consistency of a thick doughy cake-y biscuit. They are softer than a standard biscuit or cookie. But they are denser than a fluffy cake or muffin. 

Instead of your usual gingerbread cookies which are usually cut into shapes such as gingerbread men or stars, these spiced gingerbread cookie bars are sliced and served in long slices, or you can cut them into squares if you prefer.

close up of gingerbread cookie bars
How to make Gingerbread

What is in gingerbread cookie bars?

This is the best gingerbread cookie recipe. These gingerbread cookies have a lovely warmth from the spices of ginger, cinnamon, and, all spice. The strength of the spices is countered with the sweetness from the golden syrup, sugar, and frosting. 

This is a gingerbread recipe without molasses. Instead we use golden syrup to add the texture and depth of flavour.

The gingerbread cookie icing could be a simple sugar icing you make at home, or you could use a store bought vanilla frosting or cream cheese frosting. It’s up to you and what your preferred frosting is. 

Cover with a generous amount of your favourite sprinkles.

birds eye view of a festive plate of gingerbread
Christmas Gingerbread

What do gingerbread cookie bars taste like?

These cookie bars taste like warming winter spices and sweetness. The are decadent and delicious, the perfect sweet treat in autumn and winter.

These are soft gingerbread cookies. They have a lovely soft, easy to eat texture. They are pretty much a cross between gingerbread cake bars and cookies. 

Gingerbread Cookie Slices

How to serve gingerbread cookie bars

Of course, these gingerbread bars are the perfect afternoon tea treat. Serve with your afternoon coffee. Or if you’re having guests over, why not make your own hot chocolate station and serve these on the side.

Gingerbread Bars
Gingerbread Bars

Can you freeze gingerbread cookie bars?

Absolutely! Freeze the gingerbread cookie bars either as the entire slab or slice into bar shapes. Wrap and layer the cookie bars with parchment in between and then in a freezer-proof airtight container or a ziploc bag. To thaw, simply remove from freezer and allow to thaw on the countertop.

Easy Gingerbread Recipe
Easy Gingerbread Recipe

GINGERBREAD COOKIE BARS (SERVES 16)

INGREDIENTS

  • 115g Unsalted Butter, softened (plus a little extra for greasing)
  • 200g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 medium Egg
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 1 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 0.5 tsp Allspice
  • 0.5 tsp Salt

To decorate

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan. Line a square baking tin with parchment paper and grease with a little butter.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon, all spice, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and vanilla essence until light and smooth. Use a food processor or mixer if you prefer.
  4. Beat the egg into the butter-sugar mixture until smooth.
  5. Then add the sifted flour mixture to the creamed butter-sugar mixture and beat together until smooth. It should become a thick dough.
  6. Press the cookie dough mixture into the prepared baking tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Allow to cool completely before covering the baked cookie mixture with vanilla frosting and some sprinkles.
  8. Once the frosting has set carefully remove from the pan and slice the gingerbread cookie into slices and serve.

NOTES

If you prefer your gingerbread cookie bars to be simple and plain you don’t need to add frosting and sprinkles

If you don’t have golden syrup you can substitute for molasses, corn syrup or even honey.

Likewise, you can substitute the sugar for any brown sugar you have available. 

We hope you enjoy your gingerbread treats!

Yield: 16

Spiced Gingerbread Cookie Bars

birds eye view of a festive plate of gingerbread

Gently spiced gingerbread cookies bars covered in vanilla frosting and festive sprinkles. Great for hosting guests and tastes great with afternoon tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 115g Unsalted Butter, softened (plus a little extra for greasing)
  • 200g Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 medium Egg
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 1 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 2 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 0.5 tsp Allspice
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan. Line a square baking tin with parchment paper and grease with a little butter.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon, all spice, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and vanilla essence until light and smooth. Use a food processor or mixer if you prefer.
  4. Beat the egg into the butter-sugar mixture until smooth.
  5. Then add the sifted flour mixture to the creamed butter-sugar mixture and beat together until smooth. It should become a thick dough.
  6. Press the cookie dough mixture into the prepared baking tin. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. Allow to cool completely before covering the baked cookie mixture with vanilla frosting and some sprinkles.
  8. Once the frosting has set carefully remove from the pan and slice the gingerbread cookie into slices and serve.

Notes

If you prefer your gingerbread cookie bars to be simple and plain you don’t need to add frosting and sprinkles. 

If you don’t have golden syrup you can substitute for molasses, corn syrup or even honey.

Likewise, you can substitute the sugar for any brown sugar you have available. 

Spiced Gingerbread Cookie Bars
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Spiced Gingerbread

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