Saturday, December 5, 2009

12 Days of Cookies

December 05
Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Bars

So, ok, this is not a cookie, but these gingerbread bars are so tasty and festive and would be perfect on any christmas goodie tray. Serve them plain or with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream dusted with freshly grated nutmeg. Yum.

Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Bars

Simply cut these delicate soft ginger bars into a variety of creative shapes.

Preparation time: 10 min Baking time: 16 min
Yield: 48 bars

1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
1 Egg
3 tablespoons molasses
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
3 tablespoons decorator sugar or granulated sugar

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine sugar, butter, egg and molasses in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger. Beat until well mixed.

Press dough into ungreased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan. Sprinkle with decorator sugar. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter or cut into bars.

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