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Ginger-Cream Bars

I rediscovered this old-time recipe recently and found it's everyone's favorite. Even 4-year-olds have asked for these frosted bars as nursery treats. —Carol Nagelkirk, Holland, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Chopped nuts, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and granulated sugar. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices; add to creamed mixture. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and molasses. Blend in coffee. Spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool. For frosting, cream butter and cream cheese; add confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Spread over bars. If desired, top with nuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 101 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Dean
    Dec 9, 2020

    The flavor was really good. I used the 10x15x1 pan and had massive overflow in the oven. I’ll make it again, but will definitely use a bigger pan.

  • susan
    Nov 13, 2020

    made these bars today for my stitching group, they were a big hit. So easy to make and so wonderful to eat!!!

  • abeutel
    Oct 23, 2016

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  • Ann Kashian
    Nov 23, 2010

    These are a wonderful fall spice bar...nice flavor and a light complimentary frosting.

  • lisa53202
    Aug 15, 2008

    These are delicious--however, next time I would use a pan with higher sides, as the batter ran over the sides of my jelly-roll pan.