Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35-38 minutes 

Yields: one 8x8-inch pan 


Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting – Gingerbread bars are so much FASTER AND EASIER than making gingerbread cookies!! The sprinkles and tangy cream cheese frosting will put everyone in a festive mood!!



  • 1 package Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookie Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon, or to taste

Frosting - (one 14-ounce tub store-bought whipped cream cheese frosting OR)

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons red, green, and white holiday sprinkles


For the Bars 

  • Heat oven to 350⁰F, line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add cook mix, egg, butter, molasses, and cinnamon and mix with a handheld electric mixer until combined.
  • Turn dough out into prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula as necessary. Bake 25 to 28 minutes, or until center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely in pan on a wire rack before frosting.


  • In a large bowl, add cream cheese, butter, and beat with a handheld electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, salt, and beat to incorporate and until frosting is smooth.
  • Spread frosting evenly over bars. Top with sprinkles before slicing and serving.
  • Bars will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days. 


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