Gingerbread Bars Recipe

Karly Campbell | Buns in my Oven

Gingerbread Bars are combined and baked in one pan. So easy and delicious.

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Can we talk about gingerbread for a minute?

The best part about gingerbread, as a kid, was the rolling out the dough. The cutting it into shapes of little people. The gallons of icing and little candies for decorating. The sprinkles.

Oh, god. The sprinkles.

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Now I’m an adult, y’all. (Oh, shuddup. I am! I might not always act like it, but I totally am.)

The worst part about gingerbread is the rolling out the dough. (Flour everywhere.) The cutting into little people shapes. (My kids don’t know how to properly align the cookie cutters to make the most of the space and heaven help you if you don’t let them do the cooking cutting.) The icing and candies. (Nobody has time to be scraping colored icing off of their furniture and/or ceiling fan.) And, of course, the sprinkles.

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We could decorate cookies once a year and I’d still find sprinkles in my underwear drawer, the bathroom vanity, and out in the garage behind an unpacked box from when we moved 3 months ago.

Sprinkles are magical. In a bad way. They hide and they multiply and, I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but I think they’re trying to take over the world.

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So! I made gingerbread bars and I don’t even care that I’m ruining my children’s childhoods. These bars are amazing! They’re thick and chewy and so perfectly spiced. Did I mention how I snuck some dark chocolate chips in there? ‘Cuz I did. Lots of ‘em. White chocolate would be pretty nice too. Or milk chocolate. Or basically whatever chocolate you have will work great, because oh, right...chocolate.

Make your holiday a teensy bit easier this year and share the love with these gingerbread bars.

You know what else taste better as bars? Snickerdoodles and Red Velvet Cheesecake, that's what.

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Gingerbread Bars Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 2/3 cup Butter, Room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Powdered Sugar, For sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and molasses using an electric mixer.
  3. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the flour, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Batter will be very thick.
  5. Use a rubber spatula to spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before sprinkling with powdered sugar and serving.


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Author: Karly Campbell
Source: lightly adapted from
Recipe Yields: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 114
Calories 317

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g
  Saturated Fat 6g
Sodium 92mg
Total Carbohydrate 65g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 45g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Karly Campbell

About Karly

Karly cracks us up on her blog Buns in My Oven, and quite regularly stuns with all kinds of recipes. You'll find her passion for baking, especially Bar Desserts and casseroles, here on Food Fanatic.

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