Ginger Bar Cookies

I cannot count the number of times I’ve been asked “how can you eat everything that you bake?”  And the truth is…I don’t.  In fact, it’s quite rare that I eat any of it!  Pretty much everything I bake goes out the door within a couple days.  As a result, I get to know quite well what various baking good aficionados in my life enjoy eating!

Beardy Boyfriend’s best friend Peter happens to love gingerbread (I discovered this when I made gingerbread fudge for him this Christmas.)  As a result, I’ve been looking for a ginger cookie recipe to make for him!  I was lucky to find this lovely recipe from The Magnolia Bakery, which I then converted into cookie bars!  Hopefully, this will be a nice treat for ginger fanatics desperate until the next seasonal hit of gingerbread!

Ginger Bar Cookies (adapted from More from Magnolia)

Ingredients for cookie:

1 cup (225g) caster sugar

3/4 cup (175ml) canola oil

1 egg

1/4 cup (85g) molasses

2 cups (250g) plain flour

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Ingredients for frosting:

1/2 cup (63g) icing sugar

1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

2 teaspoons water


Mix together sugar and oil.  Mix in the molasses.

DSC_0280Mix in the egg and sift in the dry ingredients.


Mix together to form a thick mixture which slightly resembles gingerbread.  Line an 8×8 baking pan with baking paper and spread over baking pan.


Cook at 170C (350F) for 12-15 minutes, until the mixture becomes hard (particularly at the edges.)  Allow to cool completely.  Once cooled, mix together the water, shortening and icing sugar (I’d definitely suggest a hand mixer.)


Spread over the cookie bars, then cut into pieces.  And then eat (or send to your boyfriend’s best friend in Ireland.  You know, whatever….)




  1. Visiting from sweet savoury sunday. I am a ginger addict so yummy.

  2. These look absolutely fab! and they look almost brownie like! LOVE!

  3. Oh this look good! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing on Sweet & Savoury Sundays! Hope to see you there this Sunday! 🙂

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