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Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft and chewy, these Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting are an easy recipe to have on hand for last minute holiday gatherings!

Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe - A Kitchen Addiction

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. . .)

Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting from A Kitchen Addiction

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.

Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

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!

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Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe - A Kitchen Addiction

Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Soft and chewy, these Gingerbread Bars with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting are an easy recipe to have on hand for last minute holiday gatherings! Feel free to swap out the eggnog for milk if you don't want the eggnog flavor.


For the Bars

  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon eggnog***
  • sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add in egg, vanilla, and molasses and beat until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  4. Spread batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges just start to turn golden brown. Do not overbake.
  5. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  6. While bars are cooling, prepare frosting. Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in powder sugar and eggnog. Beat until smooth.
  7. Spread frosting over cooled bars. Top with sprinkles.


***Don't like eggnog? You can use regular milk or half & half instead.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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Thursday 23rd of November 2023

I found this recipe a few years ago and made them for work around the holidays… Of course🤣 I have made them multiple times now when we do potluck at work during the holidays. I absolutely could just eat the frosting by itself too.😂


Wednesday 30th of November 2022

any recommendation for high elevation?? They sink every time and I have to cut off the outer edge cause it is so crunchy. But the middle is amazing!

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

I'm sorry. I'm afraid I don't have any experience baking at elevation.


Friday 10th of December 2021

Made these for Thanksgiving day and my family went nuts over them! The egg nog frosting is a must and puts them over the top. dad doesn't like frosting, so I left a third unfrosted and OH MY GOSH! They were just as delish! I'll be making these all year long.

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Sunday 12th of December 2021

So glad you liked them! :)

Jeannie Radcliff

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Do you know if this recipe would work using GF cup for cup flour?

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

I have not tried this recipe using GF cup for cup flour. However, it should work with minimal differences.


Saturday 7th of December 2019

I don't know if you will see this.... but do you know how this recipe would do as cookies instead of bars??

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Thursday 12th of December 2019

I have not tried making them into cookies. However, the cookies would most likely turn out more cake-like and not chewy.

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