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Ginger Bars

We always had dessert when we visited my grandparents' farm, and this was one of our favorites. During harvesttime, my brothers and sisters and I would take this or another dessert out to the field for the workers.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Beat in water and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt; add to molasses mixture and mix well.
  • Spread into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 213 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • 2124arizona
    Jun 23, 2017

    These bars bake up nicely with a wonderful flavor!

  • AllKo
    Jun 29, 2016

    This recipe is not for bars; this is a cake. Basically gingerbread, but with flavorless shortening and lacking in spices.

  • sunnyskys
    Oct 6, 2015

    I followed the recipe to the letter but it was more like cake and it was so bland to the taste. The smell baking it was wonderful but I was disappointed with the end result.

  • NanZim
    Jun 14, 2015

    My husband enjoys these bars. They impart a wonderful aroma as they bake. I sometimes drizzle them with a lemon or vanilla glaze,

  • lorideshane
    Nov 20, 2012

    I make these for my husband several times a month and he loves them. So moist and easy to make! I add instant coffee to the water which deepens the flavor and have also added chocolate chips. SO good!

  • slgoodman
    Nov 15, 2011

    I have made these several times and they always come out great! Very tasty and easy to make.