Just Desserts

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Spice Bars

By Charlotte on December 6, 2013 1:07 AM

With Christmas around the corner, I've been looking for special dessert ideas.

These Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Spice Bars are laced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves.


These Gingerbread Spice Bars from The 250 Best Brownies Bars & Squares (Robert Rose Inc., September 2013, $19.95) are wonderful for the holidays. Besides having an aroma good enough to please St. Nick, these cinnamon-, ginger- and clove-laced treats are really easy to make. You simply mix the ingredients (you'll need two bowls), pour the batter into an oblong pan, bake, slice and enjoy. 

We adore them served warm topped with a dab of butter. A blazing fire and steaming-hot coffee are optional!


Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Spice Bars

Makes 36 Bars


Preheat oven to 350° F (180° C)

13- x 9-inch cake pan, greased

In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, salt and cloves.

In another bowl, beat shortening and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Beat in molasses. Gradually blend in flour mixture alternately with boiling water until just incorporated. Pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Place pan on a rack to cool completely, then cut into bars.

Recipe* from The 250 Best Brownies, Bars and Squares

Book Cover 350.jpgAuthor: Esther Brody

Other Works: The 250 Best Muffin Recipes, 500 Best Muffin Recipes, 1500 Best Bars and more

Publisher: Robert Rose Inc.

Penned: September 2013

What's Inside: A collection of taste-tempting dessert recipes that are easy to make. You'll find 32 brownie variations (everything from basic chocolate to Broadway Blondies) plus 100s of chocolate, coconut, fruit, nut and peanut butter bar and square ideas. There's even a chapter devoted to no-bake creations (like Ice Cream Peanut Crispies) that could be lifesavers when you're time crunched.

Time Out: 208 pages

Available: $19.95 at Amazon and most book retailers

* Excerpted from The 250 Best Brownies, Bars & Squares by Esther Brody © 2013 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.


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