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Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

These Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars make the perfect dessert to bring to family and friends this season!

Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

I can’t tell you enough how much everyone loved these barsΒ at my house. They are about one of the easiest desserts you’ll make and can we talk about how delicious they are?

A perfect, soft cake like chewy bar with just the right gingerbread flavors.

Don’t wait a second longer, make these simple bars NOW πŸ™‚

Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

I love jazzing up cake mixes….no one will ever guess these bars start with a cake mix. Trust me πŸ™‚

Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

All ingredients into the mixing bowl.

Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

Almost done. Ginger, cinnamon and lots of cinnamon chips!

Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

Transfer your dough to a parchment lined baking dish, press evenly then bake!

Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

Let cool then cut your bars into nice little squares. Dust with powdered sugar and EAT.

Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars


Soft Gingersnap Cake Bars

Soft Gingersnap Cake BarsPrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 35 min


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (partially melted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9×13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place cake mix, butter, egg, molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cinnamon chips in a large bowl, mix to combine until dough forms. Transfer to prepared baking dish and press evenly.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until baked through. Let cool for 30-60 minutes before cutting into squares. Before serving, dust with powdered sugar.

Makes 12 Servings


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  1. 1
    Cindy says:

    Sounds wonderful, can’t wait to try! What if you don’t have molasses on hand? Is there a good substitute? Thanks!

  2. 2

    These sound so yummy! I want like 10 right now. This is so happening for this Christmas!

  3. 3

    These bars look amazing Jenny! Hope you guys had a great weekend πŸ™‚

  4. 4
    Maria says:

    Great dessert for the holidays!

  5. 5
    Sues says:

    Gingerbread/gingersnaps is one of my very favorite holiday flavors, so these would make me very happy!!

  6. 6

    Perfect simple holiday dessert!

  7. 7

    I looove the flavor of gingersnaps! THe perfect holiday treat!

  8. 8

    These are so awesome!! Perfect for the holidays!

  9. 9
    naomi says:

    I love how easy these are to make. They are so holiday perfect.

  10. 10

    Yum! I just made a gingerbread loaf last night. Ginger everything!! haha

  11. 11

    These look positively delightful! I adore gingersnap!

  12. 12
    Joyce says:

    Sounds delicious! I always have problems finding cinnamon chips. Does anyone have any suggestions for the Milwaukee area of a brand or where to find? Thanks!

    • 12.1
      Kate says:

      I couldn’t find cinnamon chips at two different grocery stores so I gave up and just used white chocolate chips and added extra cinnamon to the dough. My son and I agree – they’re delish!

  13. 13

    Ahhhh — they look so gooey and delicious!! YUUUMMM πŸ™‚

  14. 14

    I can see why everybody loved these bars so much. They look fantastic! We are huge fans of ginger in any form, so I know my family would go crazy for these.

  15. 15

    These look so easy and gooey and I think I need one NOW! πŸ˜‰

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  17. 17

    Absolutely gorgeous and recipe looks delish!

  18. 18

    delicious! anything with these flavors are my favorite!!

  19. 19
    Gaby says:

    These are a perfect holiday treat, love the soft gingersnap idea!!!

  20. 20

    These bars look so easy and delicious! Right up my alley!

  21. 21

    Oooooo…my family would love these bars!!

  22. 22

    That pan of bars wouldn’t stand a chance around me. These sound awesome, and I love how easy they are!

  23. 23
    Kathryn says:

    I made these last night, Jenny! I brought them to school this morning, and both kids and adults have loved them! Instead of dusting with powdered sugar, I drizzled them with an icing made from powdered sugar, milk, and just a bit of cinnamon (just enough so that you see the little brown flecks in the icing). This will definitely become one of my “oh my goodness, I need to make something sweet for that meeting/party/dinner tomorrow” recipes! Another hit from PickyPalate!

  24. 24
    val says:

    I made these this evening and even though only baked for 20 minutes they were anything but soft. Flavor was good but bars were crisp. Should there be another source of liquid. They were tricky to spread in the 9 x 13 as well. A smaller pan. Please advise if time permits. Enjoy your blog!

    • 24.1
      Kate says:

      I was also surprised how dense the bars turned out, but we loved them. I especially loved the crispy edges. And it was definitely more like a dough than a batter. I bet you could use a 8×8 or 9×9 and cut them into squares if you wanted them a bit thicker

    • 24.2
      Julienne says:

      The 30 minute baking time was way too long for me as well. They were hard and crunchy. I baked them again, this time for about 16 minutes and they were perfect. I took them to a get together with some friends, and they said they were “like crack!” As far as spreading them in the pan, I pressed the dough down with my hands and that worked really well.

  25. 25

    This looks so delicious! I love how simple they are to throw together πŸ™‚

  26. 26
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    Are you no longer linked to Ziplist? I was trying to save this to my recipe box and I don’t see the link for this or the pesto soup.

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