Spiked Gingerbread Bars have all the warm spices you love. The bourbon vanilla glaze is incredible!
As a kid, I was always a little jealous of all my friends’ Christmas celebrations. Don’t get me wrong, we had our Chanukah traditions, but it never seemed as exciting as trimming a big Christmas tree, decorating the house with glowing lights and the baking… so much holiday baking!
Mom and I baked, but it was never for days on end and it was generally the same thing every year. A batch of chocolate chip cookies, some rugelach, and simple cut out sugar cookies in the shape of a driedel and menorah with blue sugar on top.
Was it tasty? You bet. But did I want more? Maybe just a little bit. Luckily, I had friends who always invited me into their traditions of decorating trees and baking along, but it never really felt the same as if it was my own.
Those feelings may be long gone now but there are still some things I’m trying to catch up one. One prime example, gingerbread. I’m not talking the men here, all dressed up with royal icing and looking a little too pretty to eat.
No, I mean a soft chewy cookie with molasses, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. A smell that envelopes your entire house and says the holidays are here.
These gingerbread bars do all that, and without the fuss too. Of course, to make it just a little more special, there’s some bourbon tossed in there as well.
These bars are easy as 1 - 2 -3. 1) mix it all together, 2) press it into the pan and 3) bake it until they are soft and chewy.
The last step is the hardest part and that’s letting them cool down enough to drizzle the bourbon glaze on top. Serve them alongside a glass of eggnog and you’ll be holiday ready!
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