Whole Wheat Spice Bars with Maple-Cream Icing

Molasses, cinnamon, and ginger add rich flavor to these simple dessert bars. They're great for a potluck or work party.

Whole Wheat Spice Bars with Maple-Cream Icing
Photo: Peter Krumhardt
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
32 bars


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup molasses

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

Maple-Cream Icing

  • cup dairy sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon maple flavoring

  • 3 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined.

  2. Add molasses, the water, and eggs; beat until well mixed. Beat in all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour.

  3. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

  4. While bars are cooling, prepare Maple-Cream Icing. Spoon icing over uncut bars; spread evenly. Let stand until set. Cut into bars. Makes 32 bars.

Maple-Cream Icing

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together dairy sour cream, vanilla, and maple flavoring. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar, whisking until smooth.