Treat Day – Week 15 (Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting!)

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Hi! So, this week I sent a bit more than usual to Halas Hall because I knew that I wanted to send them pound cake for sure, knowing that they enjoy that recipe.  But I also wanted to send something new and fun for the Holidays.  So I found this really great recipe from a blogger by the name of “Shugary Sweets”.  She posted it earlier this month and I had been thinking about it ever since.  I brought a couple bars in to Bill and Wendy at WGN and Bill approved.  That means a lot to me now that I know he makes gingerbread cookies every year! And then yesterday morning, I got a text from my favorite Chicago Bears camera man, Kevin, and he said “Those gingerbread iced squares are da bomb!!!”.  I love the feedback. This is what makes me happy.  So I am very excited to send you guys to this recipe link because I didn’t even know that I liked gingerbread until I tried these bars!  You will love them too… and keep that frosting recipe close by for your Valentine’s day Red Velvet cupcakes coming up in the New Year! I think it is the perfect ratio of butter – sugar – cream cheese.  Light and fluffy and perfectly sweet with a tang from the cream cheese.  I forgot to get a decent picture of mine, but they looked just like Shugary Sweet’s.  When I pulled them out of the oven the middle sank a little bit from the edges, but that is good…when you frost and cut into them they are moist, dense, and chewy. Delicious!  I didn’t change a thing to the recipe but here are the few notes I have for you:

  1. Be sure not to over do it on the Molasses. I use the “Grandma’s Original”. I think they sell a darker variation, but don’t go there.  Use the original or you might overpower these bars
  2. I always use Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese – no matter what!
  3. I always use salted butter. Just my preference

And I think that’s just about it! These are so simple and quick to make.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Here is the recipe link Gingerbread Cookie Bars

Thank you so much for reading my blog and GO BEARS!!!

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2018 will mark my 7th Season making treats and baking for the Chicago Bears. You might be thinking, how does one land that gig? Well, let me tell you. It’s riveting… My younger brother, Danny, works full-time for the Bears. Our entire family have been life-long Bears fans, btw. Back in the summer of 2012, he came to me and said, “Hey, we need someone to make treats for the team. Do you think you can do it? Because my boss said, Dan, you’ve got all those sisters, can’t one of them bake? So, I volunteered you.” My first response was, “YES, but I don’t know how to bake”. I mean, up until that point, the only things I remember ever baking were 1) S’mores Bars back in the 80’s off a recipe on the back of the Golden Grahams cereal box. Come to think of it now, I don’t even think those things went into the oven – so technically that wasn’t baking. And 2) Good old Nestle Toll House cookies – which NEVER turned out the same each time I baked them and it drove me nuts and got me to HATE baking for that very reason. I was always in love with cooking, though. I was the gal who threw dinner parties often and provided an obnoxious array of hors d’oeuvres and wine – that’s more my thing. Side note: I learned the hard way that baking and wine don’t mix. Ha! However, I was honored and excited to have been asked to step up to the plate for this little baking / treat-making gig, for THE CHICAGO BEARS, no less. So my answer was an enthusiastic, YES! I figured I still had a month before the first regular season game, which is when the “treat days” begin – every Thursday during the regular season (not preseason). So, I hit the streets in search of good recipes and then got to work test-baking in the kitchen for the rest of that summer. As I became more internet savvy, I started following lots of baking bloggers and watching video tutorials. I would go to parties and if I tasted something that I thought was exceptional, I would never hesitate to ask for the recipe. Baking for the Bears is always in the back of my mind when eating desserts. I now have an arsenal of treat recipes worthy of offering at a bake shop, if I do say so myself;) . I started getting requests for my pound cake, outside of Baking for the Bears, and my Double Chocolate Chip Sea Salt cookies have been quoted as “The best cookies in the world” by a well-known player, as well as friends, family and neighbors. One of the first things I did was perfect a cookie of my own that comes out pretty consistently crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside. I no longer rely on the old Toll-House recipe. It’s the one thing I never get tired of baking. The guys get them every week. With that said, this season, I plan to blog my recipes each week, and share with you whatever it is I am making for the Bears. I’ll also give you tried & true feedback on what worked, what didn’t, and any fun comments that the players, staff, friends & co-workers might have regarding the treat of the week. My office colleagues love it when football season rolls around, because I typically find new recipes and test-bake on Sundays to bring in on Mondays for critical reviews. From there, I decide if they are Bear-worthy for Thursday Treat Days at Halas Hall. I hope you will check in periodically and enjoy my blog. I’m super excited for the 2018 Bears football season both on the field and in the kitchen! GO BEARS! This is gonna be a good season… I can feel it!

4 thoughts on “Treat Day – Week 15 (Gingerbread Cookie Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting!)

  1. I wanted your Gingerbread Cookie Bars recipe but when I clicked on the title I got another recipe from someone else. I’m not on pinterest. I can’t find the ingredients. Help!


    1. Hi Madeleine – the link on my blog is to the recipe for the Gingerbread Bars is from a blogger named Shugary Sweets. Almost all of the recipes I write about are recipes that I have found from other bloggers, so I just share with all of your their recipes and send you to their sites. Thank you so much and please let me know if you have any trouble finding the recipe on the link I provided. It’s a delicious bar! Happy Holidays!


  2. The Shugary Sweets site doesn’t give measurements- just the ingredients. I need the measurements for the cream cheese frosting!


    1. Hi Barbara, the recipe ingredients & measurements are located towards the bottom of Shugary Sweets post, you just have to scroll down a bit. But I know that the frosting is 1/2 cup of butter, 8 oz. cream cheese, 3 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla. Cream them all together until light and fluffy. The best! Happy New Year!


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