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Gingerbread Cookie Bars are an easy way to make a holiday classic! Soft gingerbread is sliced into sticks and decorated with candy and icing. They taste like gingerbread blondies and are so fun to eat!
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The BEST Gingerbread Cookie Bars Recipe
Hands down, these bars are my favorite Gingerbread Cookie recipe of all time. Instead of the hassle of cutting out cookies, I cut the gingerbread into cookie sticks and decorate them with candy, white chocolate, or icing.
There aren’t many recipes I always make the same way, but these gingerbread cookie bars are an exception. I make them every Christmas, and if I ever stop, my family will stage an intervention! They are seriously good – soft, perfectly spiced, and one of my family’s all-time favorite holiday cookie bars.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- These are soft and pillowy cookie bars.
- This gingerbread recipe is super simple and basic.
- The best part is that there’s no rolling or mess! Instead, the rich, thick cookie dough is pressed into a 10×15 jelly roll pan. Once baked, slice it into sticks.
- Just like regular gingerbread, you can decorate the sticks with candy bars, sprinkles, icing, melted chocolate… pretty much anything you would use for cut-out gingerbread cookies will work.
- I also call them gingerbread blondies because the texture is so similar. They are thick, soft, chewy, a little fudgy in the middle, and taste like Christmas. That’s the perfect holiday cookie recipe if you ask me.
- Sugar: These are made with granulated sugar.
- Butter: Use softened unsalted butter – if you use salted butter then reduce the salt to 1/4 teaspoon in the recipe.
- Molasses: I use unsulfured molasses, just the kind you get in the regular baking aisle.
- Egg: Be sure to buy large eggs.
- Salt, Baking Soda: Typical cookie ingredients.
- Spices: I use ground cinnamon and allspice in these cookies.
- All-purpose flour: Be sure to measure it correctly.
How to Make Gingerbread Cookie Bars
- Whisk the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter, and molasses. Add the egg and salt and mix to combine.
- Slowly mix in the dry ingredient and keep mixing until a thick dough forms.
- Line a 10×15″ jelly roll pan with enough foil so it hangs over the sides. This will make it easier to lift the bars out while they’re still hot. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Press the dough into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F. The gingerbread is done when it’s no longer glossy on top and springs back slightly when you press it with your finger.
- Cool it in the pan for five minutes before lifting it out. If you want to decorate with candy bars, press them into the dough while it’s still hot. If you don’t want to use candy bars, you can slice them into bars and let them cool, then decorate as you’d like.
Tips for Success
- What pan to use for gingerbread bars: If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, you can use a rimmed sheet pan instead. Use one that is close to 10×15″. It’s better to go bigger rather than smaller with the pan.
- Kid Friendly Recipe: This is a really fun recipe to make with kids. You can make and bake the bars and, once they’re cooled, hand over the icing, sprinkles, and candies to the kids and let them go to town!
- How to cut cookie bars: For easy slicing, use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter.
- How to store and freeze gingerbread: Bars will keep at room temperature for up to four days. Or, you can freeze them for up to a month.
Gingerbread Cookie Sticks
- 4 cups (492g) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter , softened
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (237ml) unsulfured molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup (170g) white chocolate chips plus 1 teaspoon Crisco or vegetable oil to aid in melting and sprinkles OR
- 24 fun size Twix or your favorite candy
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 10×15 jelly roll pan with foil (let the foil hang over the sides for easy removal of the hot bars) and spray with cooking spray. (If you don’t have a jelly roll pan you can use a rimmed cookie sheet that’s close to 10×15” in size, but opt bigger instead of smaller.)
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
- Beat sugar, butter, and molasses in the large bowl with a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in the egg, salt, baking soda, and spices. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until a thick dough forms.
- Press dough evenly into the prepared pan. Bake about 15 minutes, until indentations in the dough bounce back slightly. The top will no longer be glossy.
- Cool gingerbread for 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully remove the full sheet of gingerbread using the foil overhang to a cookie sheet. If you’re using the fun size Twix bars, press them in two equal rows onto the gingerbread, use a knife or a pizza cutter to cut the slab into 24 sticks. Otherwise, just cut them into sticks and cool.
- If drizzling with white chocolate, melt the white chocolate chips and oil or Crisco in a small bowl on half power in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Place chocolate in a small baggie with the tip cut off and drizzle over sticks, sprinkle with sprinkles.
- Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to one month.
More Gingerbread Recipes You’ll Love for the Holidays
- Gingerbread Fudge
- Gingerbread Poke Cake
- Gingerbread Oreo Stuffed Snickerdoodles
These Gingerbread Cookie Bars are the best! Instead of the hassle of cutting out cookies, I cut the gingerbread into cookie sticks and decorate them with candy, white chocolate, or icing.
Last Updated on February 2, 2023
I love gingerbread and these bars sound like a quick turnaround. Question: I don’t see any ‘ginger’ listed in the ingredients. Is that correct?
Strange right? Yes no ginger – the recipe this comes from just uses molasses and the spices listed. I actually like them more than traditional gingerbread – but you can add 1/2 teaspoon ginger if you want!
I have a cheater question. I have a gingerbread cake mix. Anyway I can use this to get sticks made?
I bet you can use my cake mix cookie recipe – if the box of gingerbread cake mix is about 15 ounces – use this recipe and just bake it in a 9×13 and then cut into sticks: https://www.crazyforcrust.com/how-to-make-cake-mix-cookies/
Thank you for sharing your recipes. I have made several of them. My question concerns weighing flour. I have found varying weights presented online. For example, if using King Arthur flour, a cup of all- purpose flour should weigh 120 grams according to the King Arthur website. So, does the weight depend on the brand of flour being used? What kind of flour did you use when stating a weight of 124 grams/ cup?
Thank you for your assistance.
I find it varies as well, depending on who is measuring and brand. I use a variety of brands (Gold Medal or a store generic, most often). To get to that number, I measured out 1 cup of flour several times and weighed them, and it was always 124, so that is what I go with.
Hi can we use that recipe to make gingerbread men as J see they are thick and look chewy?
Try this one for cutouts https://www.crazyforcrust.com/gingerbread-cookies-recipe/
Have you tried drizzling a light lemon glaze on top instead of the white chocolate? I’m debating this or a plain vanilla drizzle and using Christmas m&m’s for garnish.
Why is there no ginger listed in the ingredients?
This fact keeps me from making this too. All my good gingerbread recipes are 1T cinnamon and 1T ground ginger. This is more like cinnabread men.