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Ginger-Cream Bars

I rediscovered this old-time recipe recently and found it's everyone's favorite. Even 4-year-olds have asked for these frosted bars as nursery treats. —Carol Nagelkirk, Holland, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Chopped nuts, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and granulated sugar. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda and spices; add to creamed mixture. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and molasses. Blend in coffee. Spread in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool. For frosting, cream butter and cream cheese; add confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Spread over bars. If desired, top with nuts.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 101 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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