Soft Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Bars

Sharing the best gingerbread cookies today! My Soft Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Bars are perfectly festive for your Holiday baking! They’re frosted with cream cheese frosting and packed with chocolate chips!

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Gingerbread Bars

These gingerbread bars are sweet, spicy and frosted with irresistible cream cheese frosting. Just what your dessert tables need this season! Enjoy!

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ingredients for gingerbread bars

Ingredients For Gingerbread Cookies

  • salted butter
  • dark brown sugar
  • molasses
  • large egg
  • almond extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • mini chocolate chips
  • softened cream cheese
  • powdered sugar

adding molasses to mixing bowl for gingerbread bars

How To Make Gingerbread Bars

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter, brown sugar and molasses into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Beat in egg and almond extract. Slowly stir in flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt. Once dough forms, stir in chocolate chips until combined. Transfer dough to prepared baking dish and press evenly. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until baked. Remove from oven and let cool completely. 
  3. To prepare frosting, place cream cheese and butter into a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat until creamy and smooth then slowly add powdered sugar until thick and creamy. When bars are cooled, frost over bars and cut into squares to serve. Serve room temperature or chilled. Sprinkle tops of bars with cinnamon if desired. 

egg added to mixing bowl for gingerbread bars

Once butter, brown sugar and molasses is well combined, add egg and almond extract. You can substitute vanilla for the almond extract if you’d like.

dry ingredients in mixing bowl for gingerbread bars

Dry ingredients into the mixing bowl once wet ingredients are combined.

chocolate chips added in mixing bowl for gingerbread bars

Chocolate Chips added to mixing bowl next! I use mini chocolate chips, but regular size chocolate chips are fine too.

gingerbread bars dough added to baking dish

Transfer dough to a parchment paper lined baking dish, pressing evenly. Bake for 16-18 minutes then remove to cool completely.

ingredients for cream cheese frosting

How To Make Cream Cheese Frosting

You can use a stand mixer or just a spoon and mixing bowl. Place cream cheese and butter into a large bowl and beat until well combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating until thick and creamy.

frosted gingerbread cookies

Frost gingerbread bars with cream cheese frosting and serve room temperature or chilled.

frosted stacked gingerbread cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Bars

These Soft Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Bars disappear fast! They're sweet, spicy and perfect for the Holiday season!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 16 mins
Cooling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 31 mins
Servings: 16
Calories: 399kcal
Author: Jenny
Cost: $15
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Equipment

  • Oven
  • 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • parchment paper
  • mixing bowl or stand mixer

Ingredients

  • 12 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Place butter, brown sugar and molasses into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Beat in egg and almond extract. Slowly stir in flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt. Once dough forms, stir in chocolate chips until combined. Transfer dough to prepared baking dish and press evenly. Bake for 16-18 minutes, until baked. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • To prepare frosting, place cream cheese and butter into a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat until creamy and smooth then slowly add powdered sugar until thick and creamy. When bars are cooled, frost over bars and cut into squares to serve. Serve room temperature or chilled. Sprinkle tops of bars with cinnamon if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg
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