buttery gingerbread shortbread bars

Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

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


Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

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

  • Author: Crosby’s Molasses
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1:05 hour
  • Category: Cookies


Units Scale
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1/2 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 1/2 tsp. gingerbread spice blend (recipe below) or 1 tsp. ground ginger & 1/2 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


  • December 16, 2022


    WOW ! I just came upon the Shortbread Recipe and I’m going to try to make it TODAY! (Just in time for Christmas!)
    I have a Q about the SPICE MIX. I LOVE Cardamom. The variation with 1/8 tsp, is that IN ADDITION to the Spice Mix or INSTEAD of the Spice mix?
    Looks Fabulous! Hope it’s as good as my Scottish Grandma’s:)

  • December 25, 2020


    Awesomely Awesome recipes. I have loved it thanks!

  • December 22, 2020

    Vickie Hayne

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

  • December 9, 2020


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

  • November 14, 2020


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

    • June 11, 2021

      Marie-Pierre Lessard

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

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