Iced Gingerbread Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas, North American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
Soft, moist, and fudge-like; these Iced Gingerbread Bars taste like the familiar flavours of Christmas, but have the texture of a dense, chocolaty brownie.
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Ingredients

For the Bars:

  • 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Frosting:

  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare an 9x13 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, pour in the melted butter, add the sugar, and the molasses.  Beat with a hand-held mixer until smooth.
  • Add the egg and beat into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Add the rest of the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves.  Mix into the wet ingredients until just mixed through.
  • Transfer the dough to the baking pan and press the dough into the pan until evenly distributed and flat.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow the bars to completely cool.  
  • Once cooled, prepare the frosting by by beating together the frosting ingredients with a hand-held mixer until creamy and smooth.
  • Spread evenly over the bars. Top with sprinkles and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Lift the bars out of the baking pan, using the parchment paper to lift.  Transfer to a cutting board.  Cut into 24 squares.  
  • Bars can be stored in a food-safe container in the fridge for 5-7 days.  If you want to freeze, do not frost.  Add the frosting after the bars are completely thawed.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 246mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 7.4% | Calcium: 1.6% | Iron: 3.9%