Soft Spice Bars Recipe

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"These bars have the old-fashioned taste of gingersnaps, but they're chewy and quick to fix," writes Sharon Nichols from her kitchen in Brookings, South Dakota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 110 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 173 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine butter, 1 cup sugar and molasses. Beat in egg until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt; stir into the molasses mixture.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned (do not overbake). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Soft Spice Bars in Taste of Home October/November 1999, p57

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Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"Realized my review didn't include any stars...5 these bars!"

Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"These are SO good! I top them with cream cheese icing. Yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Easy and delicious. We've made these for years. They roll very thin, so I make them in a smaller pan that suggested so they are a tiny bit thinner. Makes them more moist and chewy."

Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"Good bars when I was in the mood for something resembling ginger cookies, but I was looking for something simple. I subbed 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 c butter, and the texture was still pretty good. I smeared a thin layer of icing on the top, because I thought they could use it."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"I've made this recipe 4 times now and we love it. Always gets compliments. At a party I heard someone say "they look like brownies that didn't turn out but they taste really good""

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