Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe

Chewy and perfectly spiced cookie bars with sweet vanilla frosting and festive sprinkles are easy and delicious!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 771 kcal
Author Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature 12 tablespoons
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses I used Grandma's molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

for the frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons cream cheese soft
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter soft
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup powdered sugar
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line a 13" x 9" baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds with electric mixer. Add sugar and beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and molasses and beat on medium low speed just until combined.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Gradually add to the sugar molasses mixture and beat on low until combined.
  6. Spread cookie dough in prepared pan. Spread evenly.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the top appears dry. The bars will puff up during baking and deflate while cooling.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add vanilla and powdered sugar. Mix well. It should be fluffy and thick.
  2. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Dress up with festive sprinkles. Cut into squares and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 771 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 444mg 19%
Potassium 287mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 106g 35%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 73g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 23.5%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 15.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.