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Gingerbread Shortbread Bars

buttery gingerbread shortbread bars

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

Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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

Notes

Gingerbread Spice Blend

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

Variations:

Add 1/8 tsp of cardamom and/or mace