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Gingerbread Bars with cream cheese frosting

Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Bars with cream cheese frosting

Step aside gingerbread cookies, gingerbread bars are now in town. Indulge in these perfectly balanced gingerbread bars. With their molasses and ginger base offset with cream cheese frosting, you’re looking at a bar that is sure to disappear from your kitchen counter in seconds. By the way, these bars are incredibly easy to make, so if you’re in a hurry or have a last minute holiday event, this dessert has your back.

Bar Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

1 egg

2 tsp. baking soda

2 cups flour

1 tbs. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/3. tsp nutmeg

Pinch of salt

Frosting Ingredients:

1 pkg. cream cheese, softened

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 dish.

For the bars, cream together the butter and sugars until they are light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and mix thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda, flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two parts and mix completely.

Transfer the mixture to your 9×9 pan and cook for 15-20 minutes.

While your bars are cooking, beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments. Once mixed completely, add the vanilla. If your frosting is a little too stiff, add a tbs. of milk until you reach the proper consistency.

Once your bars have cooled, frost them beautifully and serve.

Mom and Daughter Assembling a Homemade Gingerbread House

Homemade Gingerbread House

Mom and Daughter Assembling a Homemade Gingerbread House

Let your inner architect shine and build yourself a gingerbread house from scratch. Not only will you assembly skills shine, but your inner chef will have their moment as well! Follow the recipe below to learn how.

Ingredients

2 sticks of butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups molasses

4 eggs

8 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

5 tbsp ground cloves

5 tbsp ground cinnamon

5 tbsp ground ginger

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine butter and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix until it’s smooth. Next, mix in the molasses and eggs.

In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and spices).

Add the dry mixture into the bowl you set aside, and mix with your hands to form a stiff dough consistency.

Once you have reached the desired dough consistency, divide the dough it into 2 pieces.

On a floured surface, roll out the dough. Cut it into desired shapes for your house (keep in mind you will need a base, a front and back, two walls and two roof pieces!) and place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until edges start to brown. It is easier to work with if it is firmer.

Wait for them to cool entirely before using them to assemble your house.

Assemble your gingerbread house, and enjoy the fun!

Gingerbread cake with vanilla buttercream frosting

Gingerbread Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Gingerbread cake with vanilla buttercream frosting

All we can say is “Yes, Please!” to this stunning gingerbread cake with buttercream frosting. If you’re looking for something to take to a holiday party, this cake has you covered.

If you’re worried about your cake building skills not being  up-to-par, do not fret. This cake is easy to assemble and decorate. All you need is an offset spatula and a ridged piping tip. Let’s get started!

Cake Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. cloves

1 stick butter, softened

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup buttermilk

Frosting Ingredients:

4 sticks unsalted butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

 

Instructions:

Set oven to 350 degrees and grease and line three 9-inch cake pans.

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together. Once fluffy and incorporated, add eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Alternating between dry ingredients and buttermilk, add into butter, sugar and egg mixture in 3 parts starting with the dry ingredients. Once fully incorporated, add molasses and mix.

Fill the prepared cake pans evenly and bake for 30-45 minutes until a skewer comes out of the cake clean.

While the cakes are baking, let’s make our frosting! Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until it is all incorporated. If the frosting seems to stiff, add a splash of milk. If it seems too runny, add a little more powdered sugar. Once it reached the proper consistency, add the vanilla.

Once the cakes are cooled, stack the cakes and frosting in three layers. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes until the frosting has set enough that the cake is relatively stable. Remove from refrigerator and frost the outside of the cake in a very thin coat. For the “naked cake” effect, scrape your offset spatula along the outside until you reach your preferred look.

With the leftover frosting, load it into a piping bag or large plastic bag with a ridged piping tip. Top your cake with dollops of swirled frosting, crumbled gingerbread, and caramel.

With this recipe, you can have your cake and enjoy it too!

 

frosted gingerbread cookies

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Frosted Gingerbread Men

‘Tis the season to make the most delicious and seasonal cookies of the year. Luckily, we have the secret to making your gingerbread cookies soft and chewy in 3 simple steps: cut out your cookies, bake, and ice them with the perfect holiday icing! Get the family together and enjoy making these sweet treats even sweeter with the personalized touch of your favorite icing colors and designs.

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tbs. cinnamon

1 tbs. ginger

1 tbs. cloves

Pinch of salt

2 sticks of butter, room temperature

1/2 cup molasses

2 tbs. milk

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and the sugars. While creaming, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in a separate bowl.

Once the butter/sugar mixture is fluffy and incorporated, add molasses. Once well mixed, add dry ingredients (we suggest putting half in, mixing, and add the other half, and mix again). Add milk. At this point, your dough should be stiff and similar to a sugar cookie consistency.

Remove dough from the mixer, shape into a ball, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes. Once chilled, dust your counter and rolling pin with flour and plop your dough in the center. Roll to 1/3-inch thickness and cut into your preferred shapes until you run out of dough.

Lay your cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Once cooled, frost them with your favorite color and with your best designs. Enjoy!