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Ready or not, the holidays are here!
I was talking to my husband over the weekend and we decided that we are going to do our best to "simplify" this year . . . we probably won't be sending out Christmas cards, our schedules are going to revolve around spending time with family, and our Elf on the Shelf probably won't be making his grand appearance.
I just really want to keep the focus on our family and the spirit of the season. One thing that won't be any different is baking in the kitchen . . . some of my best holiday memories revolve around being with my mom and sisters in the kitchen and I want the same thing for my kids!
However, these gingerbread cookie bars definitely simplify the cookie-making process! Instead of having to cut out tons of gingerbread men, you get all the delicious gingerbread flavor in an easy-to-make bar cookie. They are chewy and soft and packed full of holiday flavor. Plus, they are easy enough that your kids can help you make them!
So, if you are looking to simplify your holiday season . . . start here.
Gingerbread Cookie Bars
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9x13" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses and beat until creamy. Add the egg and stir until completely incorporated. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined. Press dough into pan (I just used my fingers to press the dough to the edges of the pan).
Bake for 15-20 minutes and let cool (don't over cook- I cooked mine for exactly 15 and they turned out perfect).
When finished, you can frost them with Cream Cheese Frosting or even cover with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Or, don't top them with anything. They are delicious no matter what you do!
Recipe adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up!