Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ginger Crunch Bars - Secret Recipe Club


Have you ever seen Leigh's blog, Chit Chat Chomp?  It's got such a warm, homey, comforting feeling to it.  Looking at the pictures of all the delicious things she makes, you just can't help but sigh in contentment and happiness.  I definitely had fun looking through her recipes.  

I just love the holiday season.  The pretty lights, the cheerful music, and, of course, the treats with their seasonal spicy flavors.  That's why I picked her Crunchy Ginger Slice for this month's SRC.  They are perfect for this time of year - minimal ingredients, super quick and easy to throw together for any party, and the gingery flavor just has Christmas written all over it. 


The only change I made was to increase the amount of ginger powder in the cookie base.  Also, since I didn't have any golden syrup, I substituted with a 50/50 mixture of light and dark corn syrups.  I think the icing was the best part of these cookies.  I don't even know how to describe it.  It's like a ginger candy/caramel that's sweet and sticky, but melts in your mouth.  Simply lovely.  I dressed up the finished bars with some Christmas-y sprinkles and now they're all ready to share with my friends.

Thanks Leigh for a sweet holiday treat!  

Crunchy Ginger Slice (adapted from Chit Chat Chomp)

1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened

Ginger Icing:
1/3 c. butter, cut in small pieces
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 Tbsp. dark corn syrup
2 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
3/4 c. powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.  Cream the butter with the sugar.  Add the flour, ginger powder, and baking powder and mix until well combined.  Press the mixture into a parchment paper-lined 8x8 pan and bake for 35 min., or until golden and firm to the touch.  Set aside.

To make the icing:  Place the butter, corn syrups, and ginger powder in a saucepan over medium heat and cook for 2-3 min., or until butter is melted.  Add the powdered sugar and whisk to combine.  Pour icing over the cookie base.  Chill for 1 hour or until set. 

15 comments:

  1. I love ginger in baked goods and these bars look amazing. Especially the caramely icing.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Lisa, thank you for your gorgeous words and I'm so pleased you like the slice - I'm a BIG fan of it! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh I just love ginger - especially in baked goods this time of year! I love how simple and festive these are, Lisa - great recipe!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ooooh, that icing looks awesome and those Christmas sprinkles are cute! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm a big fan of Ginger and these bars look fantastic. You had me drooling with your description of the frosting. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. YUM. Those look fantastic. And that icing?! Amazing!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Leigh has a great blog, had her a couple of month's back. This is a lovely recipe and perfect for the holidays. A ginger crunch sounds delish!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh yum, those sound amazing. I went with a gingery recipe this month too, and also increased the powdered ginger in mine. :) Great choice for this month.

    ReplyDelete
  9. these look great and perfect for the holiday season!

    ReplyDelete
  10. i love ginger--what a great christmas treat!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I love bar cookies and these would be so fun to try! Thanks for a great selection this month Lisa!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Yes! I almost made these when I had Chit Chat Chomp a while back, so I'm glad to see you did. The look and sound fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I LOVE ginger. I might have to try this with ginger syrup for even more ginger goodness! Thanks for sharing this with the SRC.

    ReplyDelete
  14. These seem like such a festive holiday treat! So unique and I love ginger so these are right up my alley.

    ReplyDelete