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Frosted Molasses Cookie Bars

Frosted Molasses Cookie Bars

Frosted Molasses Cookie Bars.  Hands down, my favorite of all cookie bars.

Picture a molasses cookie.  But much fudgier and more moist.

Topped with a delicious glaze, and then cut into bars.

This is a great dessert to bring to a party, a potluck, or to include in your Christmas baking. 


1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup molasses
1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1-3 tbsp milk

Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. (You can use a13x9x2-inch baking pan, but only pour about 3/4 of the batter in if you want the bars to be thin-ish).

Heat oven to 350°. Sift flour with baking powder, salt, soda, and spices. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl with electric mixer, cream butter with sugar until light; beat in egg, 1/2 cup of the molasses and 1/3 cup water. With mixer on low speed, beat in the sifted flour mixture just until combined.

Spread in prepared pan.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Place pan on wire rack to cool. Frost while still warm. To make frosting, combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, Beat in 2 to 3 tablespoons milk. Spread over warm bars. Cut into squares.


11 thoughts on “Frosted Molasses Cookie Bars

  1. I made these last night. They are super delicious! But the glaze didn't come out at all like in your photo…I can't even call them frosted bars, I call them glazed bars. It made a very thin layer of glaze on the top, more like frost than snow, if that helps. Tasty and good and a big hit at work, but not like the photo. Any idea what I did wrong?

  2. Laurie– the trick with frosting/glaze is to add the liquid a tiny bit at a time until you get the desired consistency that you want. If you want it to be a little thicker, just add a bit more powdered sugar. I decided at the last minute that I wanted them to be thicker and added some more with this batch I photographed. Hope that helps. 🙂 Thanks for visiting & commenting!

  3. I actually tried that and it didn't really make a difference! I was very gradual, and added more sugar, but it never really got thicker. But it's still delicious! Everyone loves it.

  4. Interesting… Adding sugar should definitely make it thicker. I'm out of ideas for why it would have worked out that way. I'm glad you still enjoyed it though.

  5. Hmmmmm not sure how I feel about these. I followed the recipe exactly, and used a jelly roll pan to bake. They turned out much more like a very thin cake than a cookie. I thought they’d be denser and more of a brownie-like texture but they are super light and soft. Flavor is yummy and glaze is nice, just disappointed with the texture.

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