getting in the holiday spirit. [gingerbread bars w. vanilla bean ice cream]

December 5th, 2011 by | comments

Since I was still battling a cold (much better now!), my weekend was mellow and relaxing, yet productive. My roommate and I fully welcomed December–we bought and decorated a Christmas tree, listened to Christmas music on repeat and had a holiday dinner with some close friends.

Our dinner party provided the perfect opportunity to start baking with gingerbread, so I made these simple gingerbread ice cream sandwiches. If you’re not an ice cream fan, these bars would also be delicious topped with a ginger cream cheese frosting and candied ginger.


2 cups flour

4 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

10 tbsp. (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar

7 1/2 tbsp. sugar, divided

2 large eggs

1/4 cup light (unsulfured) molasses


Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour 9×13-inch baking dish.

Place 2 cups flour in medium bowl; transfer 2 tbsp. flour to small bowl and reserve. Add spices, baking soda, and salt to flour in medium bowl; whisk to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and 6 tbsp. sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then molasses. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and beat to blend. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sift reserved 2 tbsp. flour evenly over batter, then sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar.

Bake gingerbread until golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes; cool completely in pan on rack. Cut gingerbread into squares of desired size. Dough can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

I leave you with the almost finished Christmas tree in our apartment. All we need now is a tree topper!

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