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Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting



It's the season for gingerbread folks. I tried out these bars the other day and found them a nice little treat for the holiday season. A bonus to these bars is that they are very pretty even without adding the final layer of frosting on top, if you prefer.

I think I would have liked a more potent gingerbread flavor, which more of a solid, hefty bar. These are more light both in taste and weight. For those that would prefer that combo, these are for you. Enjoy!





Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes a 9x13-inch pan



Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup  (1 1/2 sticks)  butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 package  (8 ounces)  cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons  Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line 13×9-inch baking pan with foil.  Spray foil with no stick cooking spray.  Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  2. Beat butter and 3/4 cup of the sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg until well blended.  Gradually beat in flour mixture until well mixed.  Stir in molasses and water just until blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth.  Beat in remaining 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the icing; refrigerate remaining icing.  Spoon dollops (about 1 teaspoon each) of the reserved icing over batter in pan.  With knife or spatula, swirl icing through batter to marbleize.
  4. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan 15 minutes.  Lift out of pan using foil.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Invert and peel off foil.  Spread refrigerated icing over bars.  Cut into bars.  Store in refrigerator.

Source: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, Picky Palate and McCormick. Sharing this recipe at the following fun link parties.

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