Christmas is less than two weeks away! Are you ready? I’m not. And I’m becoming okay with that. With all of the hours of driving to find a new home to rent, the packing, the actual moving, the unpacking, oh, and the sickness that just didn’t want to leave my husband and me, this holiday season has been somewhat hectic. So, instead of being stressed about what’s not done, I’m going to be happy with what has gotten done. There just may not be as many decorations hung, cookies made, and other traditions fulfilled. (Or my family may be eating Christmas treats long after Christmas is over because I still want to make all the Christmas treats. . .)
I’ll just slowly work my way through the absolute necessary and be happy with the extra things that I’m able to slip in among the necessary. One of the extra things that I got done was a batch of these gingerbread bars with eggnog cream cheese frosting. They weren’t on the traditional list of what needed to be made, but I am sure glad that I took the time to make them. These gingerbread cookie bars are perfectly soft and chewy.
Since gingerbread bars aren’t complete without frosting, I settled on an eggnog cream cheese frosting for these bars. The spices of the eggnog give the frosting a subtle flavor that ties the flavor of the frosting with the flavor of the gingerbread. This recipe can easily be doubled and takes very little prep work before you can pop them in the oven. Perfect recipe to have on hand for last minute holiday gatherings, because making life less stressful is the theme of this holiday season!
- ½ C butter, softened
- ½ C sugar
- ⅓ C brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp molasses
- 2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1¼ C powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp eggnog
- sprinkles, optional
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- In the bowl of stand mixer or with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg, vanilla, and molasses and beat until creamy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until combined.
- Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool.
- While bars are cooling, prepare frosting. Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in powder sugar and eggnog. Beat until smooth.
- Spread frosting over cooled bars. Top with sprinkles.