If you're looking for an alternative to brownies or blondies, I've got the recipe for you! These cookie bars are scrumptious! The ginger is subtle, not overwhelming like in a ginger snap or gingerbread. And these bars are fabulous with a cup of coffee or glass of milk. I've tried them both ways. Wink!
Here's what you'll need:
1 3/4 cups brown sugar (I use turbinado sugar)
11 TBSP butter, softened (1 stick plus 3 TBSP)
1/4 cup molasses
2 teas ground ginger
2 teas vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teas baking powder
1 teas salt
1/2 teas baking soda
In a mixing bowl, cream together the brown sugar, butter and molasses. Beat in the ginger, eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time until all of it is incorporated. Spread the batter (it will be thick like cookie dough and very sticky) into a greased pan with the back of a spoon.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before cutting into bars.
Well, I couldn't wait until they were completely cool because they smelled SO good. And it was just fine! No lightning fell from the sky or anything. You'll see what I mean when you bake them yourself. They smell like fall! You're going to love 'em!