Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Instead of spending the time to make a few trays of gingerbread cookies, make this easy holiday cookie bar recipe instead. They're the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

Gingerbread Cookie Bars topped with crystallized sugar
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
38 mins
24 bars


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 4 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cup shortening

  • 2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup molasses

  • ½ cup coarse granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 15x10-inch baking pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. In a medium bowl stir together the next five ingredients (through salt).

  2. In a large bowl beat shortening with a mixer on low 30 seconds. Gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in eggs and molasses. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour mixture. Pat dough into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

  3. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until set and edges are beginning to turn golden. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

310 Calories
13g Fat
45g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 310
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 139mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 3g
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 133mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 2g
Folate, total 44.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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