Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars

Man, this head cold has robbed me of my brain cells. I sit down to do something and can’t remember what it was. By the time I remember, I’m up and running to grab a tissue. When I return to my computer I can’t remember what I’m supposed to be doing again!

Since my brain seems to be taking a (hopefully short) hiatus, today’s recipe is one I’ve been meaning to share for awhile.

Wait, what was I doing? And where are my pants? Excuse me, I need another tissue.

Gingerbread Cheesecake Bars
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I can’t resist collecting those little holiday cookie pamphlets at the end caps of grocery stores. This recipe happens to come from one of my favorites, the 2008 issue of "Holiday Cookies".


1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar, divided
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3/4 cups molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan.

For Cheesecake Layer:
Beat cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg, vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon ginger; beat until well blended and smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For Gingerbread Layer:
Beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar in a large bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add molasses and 2 eggs; beat until well blended.

Combine flour, baking soda, 1 teaspoon ginger, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a medium bowl.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat until just blended. Spread batter evenly in pan. Top with cream cheese mixture. Swirl in the cream cheese with a knife until the gingerbread mixture starts to show through.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe from "Holiday Cookies", published by PIL 2008. Picture by Laura Flowers.


25 comments:

Holly said...

These sound delicious:) Hope you are feeling better soon!

stephchows said...

ooo YES please! I'll have a slice!!

Feel better girl!!

The Atwoods said...

*drooling* These look so yummy!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Joanne said...

Listen babe. I need you to inhale some vitamin C and get better!

I've been looking for some new and intriguing gingerbread recipes....these sound amazing.

Sweepstaker said...

It's great I found your blog cause I was searching for cheesecake recipes. I didn't know there's a Gingerbread Cheesecake, forgive my ignorance.LOL I'm a frustrated cook and was looking for something new I can cook for the kids. This looks so yummy. I'll try this tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

ButterYum said...

Hey, at least you have an excuse. When you hit your 40s, you have no cold to blame!!

Nice job on the bars - great pic!!

:)
ButterYum

Veronica said...

I'm sorry to hear you've been sick! I hope you get better real fast.

Tia said...

omg - that looks and sounds deeeelicious!

Caroline said...

I think I just found a new favorite treat!

Anonymous said...

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RFR said...

Pants schmants. Pants are overrated. :) Beautiful photo. I will be trying these for sure!

Dawn said...

OH MY GOD. These are amazing. I have been talking about gingerbread cookies but with CHEESECAKE?! These should be illegal.

Gali said...

These sound so good! Lovely combo.

Chef Fresco said...

Gingerbread & cheesecake - great combo! Hope your cold goes away soon, that is certainly no fun!

LunaCafe said...

I like the sound of this combination. Perfect for the holidays. Thanks for sharing! ...Susan

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Yum yum yum...that's all I can say!

Sue said...

I was looking for a gingerbread bar type recipe and I think I've finally hit upon it! Thanks, Laura! I hope you are all better SOON!

Jun said...

Creative combination! I've never heard of gingerbread and cheesecake together, but I'm sure I'm going to like this!

UrMomCooks said...

Cheesecake...gingerbread...I'm in love! I really want to give these a try! Gorgeous pics!!!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Mmm these look amazing and love the pretty swirls. Why must you tempt me like this, Laura? ;p

Monet said...

I so hope that you are feeling better. There is nothing more frustrating than being sick during the holidays. These bars look FANTASTIC though. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me. I hope you have a splendid Saturday and Sunday.

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said...

So Laura, you and I share a love of the grocery store check out recipe booklets & currently share the same cold that's causing serious brain cell loss. :) Hope you {and I} feel better soon. I don't know about you, but my household doesn't run quite as well when I'm not on my game. Love this recipe and am bookmarking it to try... after I shed these germs!

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

gingerbread simply makes Christmas, I've not made any yet - I MUST get baknig tomorrow :-)

Joy said...

Hmmm that reminds me of Christmas.

SnoWhite said...

I really like the look and sound of these yummy treats. Thanks!

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