Chocolate-Gingerbread Bars

by amy on 17 December 2013

Chocolate-Gingerbread BarsWith Christmas just around the corner, I’m definitely getting in the holiday baking spirit! I’ve been itching to bake with the traditional flavors of the season: gingerbread, cinnamon, chocolate/mint, and cranberry, to name a few. However, I’m watching my waistline, so I typically don’t bake unless I’m going to be meeting up with a group, and can give most of the treats away. Because if I have delicious sweets in the house, I will eat them all! Luckily, I met up with a group of food blogger friends the other night for dinner, which provided me the perfect excuse to bake + share these Chocolate-Gingerbread Bars.

So, how did they taste? Awesome! These bars are a perfect hybrid between gingerbread and a brownie. Sometimes traditional gingerbread can be a bit too intensely spiced for me, but in these bars, the spice is wonderfully balanced my the richness and sweetness of the chocolate. And the texture is fantastic – dense enough to feel a bit decadent, but with some of the lightness/airiness of traditional gingerbread. These are scrumptious as an afternoon pick-me-up with a cup of tea, or a late-night sweet with a mug of hot cocoa. And SO perfect as a holiday treat – hope y’all try ‘em!

Chocolate-Gingerbread Bars

Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

makes 16 bars, adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pan
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
1 large egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with a strip of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter paper. Dust paper and sides of pan with cocoa; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa, flour, ginger, pumpkin-pie spice, and baking soda; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, molasses, egg, and sour cream until smooth. Add flour mixture; stir just until moistened (do not overmix). Stir in chocolate chips. Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely. Using paper overhang, lift gingerbread from pan. Transfer to a cutting board, and cut into 16 squares. Before serving, dust bars with confectioners sugar, if desired.

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1 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

I love chocolate and gingerbread together! These would definitely disappear around me.

2 amy December 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

I don’t think I had ever had chocolate + gingerbread together before making these, Erin, but I do love the combination now, too! They work together so well.

3 sarah k @ the pajama chef December 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

i love this combo! for SRC i made gingerbread bars with dark chocolate chips. i couldn’t believe i never had had gingerbread and chocolate together before. it’s so wonderful!!

4 danielle December 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

This sounds like a great combo. I have also been avoiding baking for the same reason. The kids have class parties on Friday so I may use that as a reason to make something sweet.

5 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health December 17, 2013 at 10:14 am

i need to bake with gingerbread flavor, havent done that yet. I have been baking a lot lately and taking half batch to work otherwise, it will be gone :P

6 Katrina @ WVS December 17, 2013 at 10:19 am

Mmm these look great!!

7 Leah | So, How's It Taste? December 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

Drooling over my keyboard for these! I love gingerbread and of course, chocolate. I need to bake these!

8 Adri December 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Well, I love brownies and I loe gingerbread, so I am betting I am going to like these! They look wonderful. Have fun doing your Christmas baking!

9 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction December 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I’ve never tried combining gingerbread and chocolate before! Sounds amazing!

10 Kelly December 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

These bars look awesome Amy! I love the sound of a decadent brownie mixed with the lighter gingerbread texture, sounds so amazing! What a great festive dessert and sounds perfect with a mug of hot cocoa:)

11 Meghan December 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

These sound like a great combo, Amy! I love the idea of hooking chocolate up with gingerbread! So festive too!

12 Emily @ Life on Food December 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I recently made gingerbread bars with chocolate chips but not cocoa. Mine were delicious. I can only imagine the goodness of these bars. I am in such a mood to bake now I have a sweet treat almost every day. However, they must leave the house for someone else immediately or I would have a stomach ache from all the sweets I would be eating.

13 Tracey December 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I made chocolate gingerbread cookies from Martha years ago and they’re still one of my favorites to this day. I’m excited for a bar version – these are definitely being added to my to-do list as we speak!

14 amy December 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Awesome, Tracey! Hope you love them just as much as I’ve loved so many of your recipes. =)

15 Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry December 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

It’s as if you read my mind! Chocolate and ginger are my favorite.

16 Monet December 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Oh Amy these look great! You’ve taken two of my favorites and made them into one! Just lovely. I’ll be making a batch soon :)

17 Mimi @ Culinary Couture December 17, 2013 at 11:30 pm

These look amazing! I love the gingerbread and chocolate combo!

18 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 18, 2013 at 12:37 am

I’m the same way, I don’t bake unless I know I have someone to take it off my hands. Luckily, my husband has an office full of people who’ll eat them so I lucked out. :) These brownies look amazing. I love the sound of these hybrid brownies. I’ll be putting this on my to-bake list. Thanks for posting Amy. Have a great rest of the week. :)

19 amy December 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

I’m the same way, Anne! My husband has an office full of coworkers, too, so I send lots of sweets in to work with him …. and away from tempting me in the house!

20 Anna (Hidden Ponies) December 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love that the chocolate flavour is strong enough to balance the gingerbread in these! I’m the same way with baking in the house…too tempting :)

21 Luv What You Do December 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I love gingerbread flavored everything! I’m pinning this RIGHT NOW! YUMMY!

22 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

Those blogger friends of yours were so lucky to receive these gorgeous gingerbread bars! They look so soft, fluffy and full of warm winter spices! Love them. Happy holidays to you and your family!

23 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. December 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm

These look wonderful! I love the combination of the chocolate and gingerbread.

24 Karen (Back Road Journal) December 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Chocolate and gingerbread combined…now you have done it. I’m going to have to start baking again.

25 Lesley Eats December 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

These were so delicious! A little too mild on the ginger for my taste (but I REALLY like ginger), but still fantastic. I loved the choc chips, which were a pleasant surprise and added a little extra “interest.” :D

26 amy December 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

Thank you! I’m so glad you liked ‘em. =)

27 easyfoodsmith December 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

The bars sound awesome with that amazing combo of chocolate and gingerbread.

28 Jennie @themessybakerblog December 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

So thick. So chocolatey. So decadent. Great recipe, Amy. Have a happy holiday!

29 Victoria December 23, 2013 at 10:31 am

Made these yesterday…they were delish! Packed ‘em up and sent them in with the hubby to work today so they were out of the house!

30 amy December 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’m so glad these were a success for you! Hope your husband and his co-workers love them, too. =)

31 Kumar's Kitchen December 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

soft,tender gingerbread and chocolate brownies are always a hit at home…combined they give this…dreamy delicious drool worthy bars…which will be cleaned off the plates as they get served….we really really love the way you combine some favorite treats into a creative new dish…thanks so much for the inspiration :-)

32 Beth December 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I’m like you – I try not to bake unless I have someone to share with!

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

33 Amy (Savory Moments) December 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I love ginger and I love chocolate so these are a winner! Yum!

34 ATasteOfMadness December 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Chocolate and gingerbread finally meet! This sounds fantastic, so perfect for the holidays :)

35 Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory December 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I so need these in my life right now! I love a good brownie recipe. Add in the gingerbread part and it’s a double whammy of awesomeness. Pinning!

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