Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

Servings: 18 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 5 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minutes

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These simple buttery gingerbread shortbread bars have a lovely gingerbread kick and that irresistible shortbread texture. 

buttery gingerbread shortbread bars


Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

buttery gingerbread shortbread bars

Buttery gingerbread shortbread bars are so simple to make and have that irresistible shortbread texture.

  • Author: Bridget Oland


  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned in)
  • 2/3 cup cornstarch, spooned in
  • 1 ½ tsp. gingerbread spice blend (recipe below)  or 1 tsp. ground ginger & ½ tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Cream butter and sugar. Add molasses and mix to incorporate.
  3. Sprinkle over flour, cornstarch and spices and mix until dough just comes together.
  4. Press into a 9”x9” pan and prick with a fork.
  5. Bake 50-55 min.
  6. When almost cooled cut into bars


Gingerbread Spice Blend

  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp each, nutmeg, cloves


Add 1/8 tsp of cardamom and/or mace

6 thoughts on “Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

  1. Barb says:

    do you sprinkle icing sugar over them when cooled ? Picture looks like it it recipe doesn’t say so

    1. Marie-Pierre Lessard says:

      Yes, we sprinkle icing sugar when the shortbread are cooled.

  2. Jeanette says:

    I am looking forward to making this. Sounds delicious!! I am originally from Cape Breton and I grew up with Crosby molasses. 💞

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Jeanette, I hope you enjoy the gingerbread shortbread. Glad you still have your East Coast connections :)

  3. Vickie Hayne says:

    Are these shortbread cookies crisp all the way a Scottish shortbread.

  4. Wesley says:

    Awesomely Awesome recipes. I have loved it thanks!

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