Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ginger Bar Cookies

"So dull and dark are the November days.
The lazy mist high up the evening curled,
and now the moon quite hides in smoke and haze;
the place we occupy seems all the world."
November ~ John Clare

The past few days have been damp, dull and dreary.  And windy!  It is really amazing how fast trees can be denuded of colorful leaves.  While many are still on the trees, the ground is covered in leaves of gold and red.  The temperature has been dropping as well.  The time has come for baking--filling the house with the heady aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and, a favorite, ginger. 

The cookies improve over a few days in the cookie jar and freeze well.

Ginger Bar Cookies inspired by a Williams-Sonoma recipe

Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 13 baking pan, dust with flour and shake out excess.

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon dark molasses
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, cut into 1/4 inch dice

Beat together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light, creamy and smooth, about five minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition. Beat in the molasses.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, ground ginger, and cloves. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat well on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add the crystallized ginger and stir to mix well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake until the top is golden in color, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, cool completely and cut into bars.

They are even better the second day



  1. The crystallized ginger must be a wonderful surprise when you take your first bite.

    And, the sun is out today. :)


  2. Hi
    Your ginger cookies sound yummy. I think I will have a go at making them. Thank for sharing your recipe.
    Sarah x

  3. You are describing our weather today. The leaves are now falling quickly. They changed color and started to fall all in a week's time. I can guess how delicious your kitchen smells!

  4. It certainly is that time of yr..
    I too like ginger very very much:-)
    Thanks for the recipe Bonnie.

  5. They scream colder weather! Love the extra bump of ginger, bet your house smells amazing too-enjoy:@)

  6. Ice cold milk and two of these=lunch....and breakfast and dinner, and snack. Three very well balanced fall meals.

  7. Love anything with ginger plus they smell good and freeze well. What more could you want.

  8. The warm flavours of gingerbread match the season. Gingerbread and apples seem perfect.

  9. Oh, ginger... how I love thee :) I have a recipe for gingerbread that calls for crystallized ginger... I'm going to have to find it and make a pan.

  10. It has been rainy and COLD over here...these ginger bar cookies will definitely brighten my day!

  11. They look perfect for this time of the year, Bonnie, and must have made your kitchen smell so good!

  12. My sister in Michigan said the leaves dropped faster than usual this fall. Kind of too bad 'cause I love those colors!
    Yummy looking ginger bar, Bonnie!


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