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Soft Spice Bars

"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
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large 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


  • 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.
  • Spread into a greased 15x10x1-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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 110 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • misscoffeepot
    Apr 3, 2020

    love the spice flavors. Next time I may try a 9x13 pan, as mine came out thin

  • zippee-0415
    Jan 9, 2019

    I've been making these since 2012 and they are a family favorite.

  • lmg647
    Dec 5, 2013

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

  • beksand
    May 2, 2013

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

  • jeanemed
    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.

  • RachelE
    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.

  • Zepeety
    Jan 13, 2012

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  • egancm
    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"

  • kathyguerra
    Sep 21, 2009

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    Aug 12, 2007

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