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Glazed Ginger Bars

I can’t think of the holidays without these luscious bars. The scent and flavor of ginger are just right for the season, and the light glaze adds the perfect amount of sweetness. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    32 bars


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 5 teaspoons orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses and egg. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins.
  • Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Combine glaze ingredients until smooth; spread over warm bars. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 125 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • misscoffeepot
    Aug 23, 2020

    awesome, old fashioned- really good spice combination

  • K.
    May 1, 2020

    No comment left

  • DianeandTrixie
    Dec 28, 2018

    The combination of the chewy bars and orange glaze is delicious. I didn't bother measuring the orange zest. Just used all the zest from one orange. These get better the next day too. Will be making this one again.

  • Kris Countryman
    Nov 13, 2012

    These were so nice and moist. Very easy to make and so yummy.

  • Jean Curtis
    Apr 5, 2010

    The bars were a bit of a disappointment to me, but my parents quite liked them. I hoped for more rich flavors, although the chewy texture was appealing. I'd cut the glaze in half next time in the hope that less sweetness wouldn't overpowered the ginger and molasses flavors.