Gingerbread Loaves: Seasonal Holiday Treats
We all have our traditions that we like to invoke during the holiday season. My list has become so extensive over the years that I won't even bother you all with listing it. But one of the main things still on my list is holiday baking and this includes many renditions of sugar cookies and ginger breads. This year I took a variation based on a recipe a friend sent me as a request to make for her. Gingerbread loaf bars. They're gooey like a brownie but also a lot like having just a piece of gingerbread. Such a nice holiday treat. Try it out and let me know what you think!
½ cup butter
1cup brown sugar
1 ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup molasses
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg- I like to to use zester and zest my own fresh
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
½ teaspoon salt
For the icing:
6 ounces cream cheese
2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
3 tbs butter
holiday themed sprinkles for decor
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and cover a 9×13-inch pan with parchment paper that is overflowing on the sides. Grease the inside of the pan that is holding the parchment paper with non stick cooking spray. Set the pan aside while you make the dough.
Whisk together the dry ingredients and set this bowl aside.
In another bowl cream together butter, sugars, vanilla, and molasses for about one minute.
Mix in the egg.
Then,mix in the dry ingredients, mixing until combined.
Spread the dough evenly into the pan and bake.
Bake for 30 mins
While the bars are cooling make the cream cheese frosting by first beating the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy.
Then mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until incorporated adding the milk as well.
Spread the frosting over the bars, after they have cooled completely. Garnish with holiday sprinkles.