Gingerbread Cookie Bars Recipe | Christmas 2021!

Hello lovelies,

Ok, so we all know by now that during the autumn I have an obsession with cinnamon and pumpkin spice right?

Well let’s just say, around this time of year, I become seriously obsessed with ginger. It’s one spice which brings back so many happy memories of bakes I use to eat when I was little during the festive season. It’s a very nostalgic spice.

So, don’t be too surprised when there’s 50,000 bakes which include ginger ok? well, I’ve already uploaded one bake which is based around ginger so a couple more won’t hurt haha.

Today’s bake is utterly delicious. I don’t think there’s any other way of describing it. A beautifully moist gingerbread cookie dough base (the gingerbread isn’t over powering either), topped with cream cheese – what’s not to love?

This is one of those bakes which you take one bite of and your instantly in the festive spirit. Honestly, I think you guys will love this!

Category: Sweet Treat

Serves: 15

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Cooling Time: 1 Hour

Decorating Time: 15 Minutes

Overall Time: Roughly 2 Hours

Ingredients You Need For Base:

  • 300g Of Plain Flour
  • 2tsp Of Ground Ginger
  • 1tsp Of Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp Of Ground Nutmeg
  • 1tsp Of Baking Powder
  • 170g Of Unsalted Butter, Melted & Cooled
  • 220g Of Light Brown Sugar
  • 6tbsp Of Unsulphured Molasses ( I used this one from ASDA: )
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3tsp Of Vanilla Extract

Ingredients You Need For Decorating:

  • 100g Of Unsalted Butter
  • 100g Of Icing Sugar
  • 200g Of Cream Cheese
  • 100 & 1000’s Green, White & Red Sprinkles
  • 6 Mini Gingerbread Cake Toppers

How To Make Base:

  • Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, line a baking dish with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 190C / 170C Fan / Gas Mark 3.
  • Secondly, in a large bowl, whisk together the 300g of plain flour, 2tsp of ground ginger, 1tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/4tsp of ground nutmeg and 1tsp of baking powder, then set aside.
  • In another large bowl, using an electric whisk, whisk together the 170g of melted unsalted butter, 220g of light brown sugar and 6tbsp of molasses until combined.
  • Next, mix in the 1 large egg and 3tsp of vanilla extract until combined.
  • Making sure the electric mixer is on a low speed, mix in the dry ingredients, a little at a time until combined.
  • Then, using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix the mixture until everything is incorporated.
  • Place the mixture into the prepared baking dish and using a spatula, spread the mixture out until it’s an even layer.
  • Now, place the baking dish into the oven for around 15 minutes until the top becomes golden brown and a skewer placed into the centre comes out clean (TIP: this will appear to be be very soft when it first comes out the oven, don’t worry, it will harden as it cools down).
  • Once baked, leave in the tin to cool for 1 hour before carefully transferring to a wire rack.

How To Decorate:

  • Once the gingerbread cookie bar is baked and cool completely, it’s time to decorated.
  • In a medium bowl, using a electric whisk, beat the 100g of unsalted butter until lighter in colour.
  • Next, add the 100g of icing powder and beat together with the butter until a buttercream forms.
  • Then, using a wooden spoon, carefully mix in the 200g of cream cheese until everything is combined.
  • Spread the cream cheese frosting over the top of the gingerbread cookie bar until it’s evenly distributed.
  • Finally, sprinkle over the 100 & 1000’s and place the gingerbread men cookie toppers on top of the cream cheese.

That’s your Gingerbread Cookie Bars prepared, baked, chilled and decorated, ready for you to demolish!

I honestly can’t tell you how good these are. Whenever someone takes a bite, they instantly remark on how festive these are.

So if your looking for something festive to bake which your loved ones will enjoy… this is the bake for you.

Let me know if you end up making these yourself and if you do, what your thoughts were!

Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,

Elle xo



  1. December 6, 2021 / 10:48 am

    I love gingerbread so these sound really delicious, I would have trouble not eating all the gingerbread ha ha! Thank you for sharing this easy to follow recipe!

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 6, 2021 / 1:32 pm

      Gingerbread is just delicious isn’t it? My favourite spice for this time of year. Oh that’s why I hand it out to family & friends ahahah! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  2. December 6, 2021 / 11:23 am

    I make gingersnap cookies almost weekly, but these sound like a deliciocariation!

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 6, 2021 / 1:33 pm

      Ooo they sound delicious, I’ve never made them before (I don’t think anyway). These are honestly delicious! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  3. December 6, 2021 / 2:39 pm

    I definitely want to make these! They look so cute and tasty. Gingebread is my favourite Christmas scent x

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 6, 2021 / 3:04 pm

      They are honestly delicious! Gingerbread is my favourite spice around this time of year, it’s so festive. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  4. wombatjambalayaoberon31620
    December 6, 2021 / 7:55 pm

    I can’t wait to make these. They look and sound amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:33 am

      These are honestly delicious! Can’t beat gingerbread at this time of year. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  5. Alice Spake
    December 6, 2021 / 8:35 pm

    Oh these sound SO delicious! I love anything gingerbread so I’ve bookmarked this to make with the kiddies xx

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:34 am

      Gingerbread is just the best around this time of year isn’t it! I hope you enjoy making, you’ll have to let me know what you think. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  6. December 7, 2021 / 1:26 am

    The Food Explora in me will eat 10 of these ginger bars. I am surprise that you only used 2 tsp of ground ginger. But they look so delicious.

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:35 am

      Ahaha I love that! It is Christmas after all. I was actually thinking of using more ginger but I’ll be honest, they don’t really need more. It’s the perfect amount I think. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:35 am

      These really are the perfect sweet treat, super yummy! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  7. December 7, 2021 / 10:57 am

    These look so delicious! I need to try them ASAP – so I’ve saved this tab in my browser for when I do! I’ll tag you in a pic of them on Twitter! 🙂 <3

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:36 am

      Oooo yes I’d absolutely love that! I hope you enjoy them. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  8. greenrosielife
    December 7, 2021 / 12:44 pm

    I love gingerbread but haven’t made it in ages. I was wondering if black treacle would work instead of molasses which I don’t have and have never seen in France?

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:37 am

      Ginger is just a beautiful spice isn’t it, I love using it around this time of year! I’m sure it would, they are very similar in what they do. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  9. December 7, 2021 / 2:24 pm

    Gingerbread and cream cheese? Yes please! This recipe sounds delicious and I love the way you’ve decorated these. Thanks for sharing!

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:37 am

      The best kind of combo… right? They really are yummy. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  10. December 7, 2021 / 4:48 pm

    These are so cute and Christmassy. I love gingerbread and with a cream cheese icing? OH MY GOD.

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:37 am

      It really is the best kind of combo! Just delicious haha. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  11. December 7, 2021 / 5:59 pm

    These look so good. I’m with you on ginger flavours. Perfect for winter.

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:38 am

      They best kind of spice for this year isn’t it? These are the perfect sweet treat. Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  12. December 8, 2021 / 12:55 am

    You always have the most wonderful bakes and treats! I absolutely love gingerbread flavours, especially this season and I always want to find new ways to use it. This sounds like a great recipe!

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 8, 2021 / 9:39 am

      Ah thank you so much, that means the world! Honestly these are so delicious. I just love using ginger this time of year. I’ve got another ginger bake coming up soon! Thank you so much for commenting Xo

  13. December 10, 2021 / 2:45 am

    These look so festive! I used to not like ginger but it’s actually really grown on me in the past few years. Especially in cookie form! These look delicious!

    • ellegracedeveson
      December 17, 2021 / 6:52 pm

      These bars really are the definition of festive. Ginger is one of my favourite ever spices, it is super yummy isn’t it? Thank you so much for commenting Xo

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