Molasses Cookie Bars

Sunday, October 31, 2010
These simple Iced Molasses Spice Bars are the perfect bar to kick off fall and are great for any holiday dessert table.

If you're looking for an easy way to get that cinnamon spice aroma in your home while baking these are going to do the trick.

Get creative and change it up and decorate them with green and red cherries for the holiday, sprinkles.

If you would like a copy of this recipe to make just scroll to the very end of this post and hit print.

These are delicious molasses spice bars iced with a creamy topping. Perfect for fall and holiday-themed cookie trays!

Bar Cookies Easy Steps

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a brownie-sized or jelly roll pan with parchment paper
  2. whisk the dry ingredients together in one bowl
  3. in a clean bowl beat the sugar and butter and cream together then add the egg and vanilla with molasses
  4. slowly combine with the dry mixture until just blended together
  5. bake for around 20 minutes
  6. cool, frost, and enjoy

Shopping List for measurements (scroll down and hit print on the recipe card)

  • butter melted
  • granulated sugar
  • dark brown sugar
  • pure vanilla extract
  • molasses
  • egg
  • flour
  • baking soda
  • ground cinnamon
  •  ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cloves
  • salt
  • Icing: cream cheese softened
  •  butter softened
  •  powdered sugar
  •  vanilla
  • milk

Topping Suggestions

  • whole pecans or any chopped or sliced nuts
  • chocolate chips
  • coconut
  • dried fruits chopped
  • maraschino cherries
  • candy bars chopped
  • peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or toffee chips
  • holiday themed funfetti sprinkles
  • your favorite frosting, chocolate, vanilla, or cream cheese, or use melted chocolate

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Iced Molasses Spice Bars

Iced Molasses Spice Bars

Yield: 15
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
These are a delicious molasses spice bar iced with a creamy topping. Perfect for fall and holday themed cookie trays!


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Icing:
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • you may need just a little milk to make it easier to spread
  • Garnish: any holiday-themed sprinkles if desired or chopped raisins with coarsely chopped nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a brownie pan lined with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt and stir it to combine.
  4. In another clean bowl beat with an electric mixer the butter and sugar together for around 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and molasses and beat for another minute.
  5. Add the egg to this creamy mixture and blend well.
  6. Slowly combine the flour mixture with the creamed mixture just until blended.
  7. Spread into the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the middle is set using the toothpick method.
  9. Cool, frost, and serve.

Note: this is with a streusel topping added

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  1. looks so delicious with this topping!

  2. Pretty, Claudia! That's an easy Halloweeny recipe if I've ever seen one;) Nice...

  3. Pass the plate please! I could really go for one of these with my cup of coffee now. Good and easy too!

  4. I love the Cinnamon with Chocolate! Yum....

  5. I've seen you comment on a few of the blogs I follow so thought I'd stop over for a visit. I'm a new subscriber.

  6. Perfect Halloween quickie Claudia.

  7. You just have too much fun in October! Devil'sfood couldn't be more perfect and the ease is wonderful.

  8. These look delectable Claudia! Happy Halloween!

  9. There is a good chance my family would not be able to stop eating these. Fun Halloween look!

  10. A sweet treat that I am craving for.... Just love the orange drizzle!

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  11. I love making quick and good treats like that especially when people drop by unexpected. It makes us all look so talented to whip up something delicious on such short notice.

  12. Now there's a recipe anyone in this family could make! Thank you for it.

  13. So easy, so pretty and oh, so CHOCOLATEY!!! YUMMMM!!

  14. While I was reading this, my wife sat down on the couch next to me. She looked over at the screen and said is that cheese sauce on the meatloaf? I turned the screen so she could see it and she told me not to tell you she called your cake meatloaf, but I had to it was way too funny. The cake looks really good, not one bit like a meatloaf.

  15. oh so easy and so good - just my kind...


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