Ginger Chocolate Bars

by Jennifer on March 27, 2013

in Brownies & Bars

Ginger Chocolate Bars by Not Your Momma's Cookie

I mentioned that my birthday is quickly approaching. It’s a big one, perhaps the biggest one. The big 3-0.

At first, it didn’t really feel that different from any other birthday. I’ve always liked my birthday. People are extra nice to you and you can justify (almost) any behavior by saying, “But, it’s my birthday!,” while stuffing your face with fistfuls of cake. It felt celebratory. 

Now, it is starting to feel different, in an “oh-my-god-what-have-I-done-with-my-life” sort of way. I didn’t have any specific goals before turning 30, but there is lots of stuff I haven’t done yet. I haven’t finished writing my story (still working on it though!). I haven’t read enough books. I haven’t finished decorating my house. I haven’t been to Alaska. I haven’t been skydiving.

Okay, that last one would never happen thanks to my palpable fear of heights, but you know what I mean. 30 feels like a deadline. But, truthfully, it’s not. Hopefully, I’ve got many, many more years ahead to do all of the random things that I want to do.

In the meantime, these ginger chocolate bars would be a great pick-me-up! There is a ginger cookie base with a smooth, rich chocolate layer. I made the chocolate layer extra thick, because that’s how I roll, but reduce the amount of butter and chocolate for a thinner layer.

4.3 from 3 reviews

Ginger Chocolate Bars
  • Base
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1¼ flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons of milk or cream
  • Glaze
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously grease an 8×8 pan.
  2. Sift together the flour, ginger, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes. Mixture should be light in color. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture. Add just enough milk to help bring the dough together (one smooth, cohesive ball). Press dough into pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  4. For glaze, using a microwave or double boiler, melt together the chocolate chips and butter. Pour onto still warm ginger cookie base. Let sit for about 30 minutes or until chocolate layer is firm.
Cookie base adapted from David Lebovitz


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1 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 27, 2013 at 9:53 am

Happy approaching birthday! I had no issues with 30. I felt all those things last year, at 35. I am NOT looking forward to the big 4-0! These bars sound amazing, and are so pretty!


2 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thanks, Dorothy! :)


3 Jocelyn @BruCrew Life March 27, 2013 at 11:00 am

I seriously wish I could reach through my computer and grab one of those bars. Ok, let’s be serious…I would grab all the bars if that was possible :-) Happy almost birthday!!! 30 really isn’t that bad.


4 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thank you! :)


5 Lora March 27, 2013 at 11:47 am

Ginger and choclate is one of my favorite combos. Definitely making these. Love.


6 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Thanks so much, Lora!


7 The Bearfoot Baker March 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

Happy Birthday!!! And one word describes this picture-Yummy!!

I want to skydive so maybe we should do it together!! LOL


8 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Haha – Lisa, I would probably chicken out. Heights kill me! :)


9 Paula March 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

Yup, these bars would definitely pick me up! Wishing you an early fabulous 30th Birthday and all the best for the coming year.


10 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Thank you so much for the sweet words, Paula! :)


11 The Partiologist March 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

You don’t even know how much I love ginger and chocolate – thanks for helping me add to my obsession! Keep on celebrating!


12 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Thanks, Kim! Happy to oblige :)


13 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings March 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

yum- yay for getting ready for the big birthday!


14 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Thanks, Elizabeth! :)


15 Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} March 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Yum! Ginger & chocolate sound like a great combination.

You are still a youngster. Oh to be 30 again. I’ll be 37 this year. That’s getting too close to 4-0 for my liking. I think this will be a great year for you. Enjoy it to it’s fullest!


16 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I totally agree – I’m thinking it will be a great year! :) I just have to get over the birthday hurdle!


17 susie March 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

A deadline? Crap, I am waaay behind. I remember 30 very well. I would love a do-over of the last 18 years….I would savor every minute all over again! Hope it’s a fantastic journey.


18 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Thanks, Susie! :)


19 Ruchira March 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

These are to-die-for. I gots to try. So yum


20 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thanks so much, Ruchira!


21 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me March 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I turned 30 last summer and so far, all feels the same, which is a good thing! Your baking and writing make me feel like you enjoy your days and that’s what matters. Deadlines be danged! ;)


22 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Amen, Michelle! You are so right :)


23 Kristina (paddle attachment) March 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

These cookies look great – just enough ginger kick for your 30′s (and beyond)!


24 Jennifer March 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Thanks, Kristina! :)


25 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious March 28, 2013 at 3:31 am

If these don’t work as a pick-me-up, I don’t know what will!

And I totally get you on the 30 thing. 30 is not too far from me and it’s freaking me out!


26 Jennifer March 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thanks, Chung-Ah!


27 Patricia @ ButterYum March 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

Happy almost birthday!!! 25 was the hard one for me… but that was a number of years ago, before I’ve learned to embrace my age. You only live once ;) .


28 Jennifer March 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Very true!


29 Laura Dembowski March 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

You still have plenty of time to accomplish things, but I totally know what you mean. I feel like my time is running out . . . and I’m only 23!


30 Sue {munchkin munchies} March 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

These bars look absolutely amazing! Love chocolate and ginger:)
Enjoy your last days in your twenties:) Actually it sort of bugged ME to turn 20..I thought I would be a teen “forever”, haha!
To me, you’re just a “baby”, the age of my middle child (daughter). Sorry I’m rambling…Have a happy birthday, Jennifer! :)


31 Jennifer March 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Thanks so much, Sue! :)


32 Hani@haniela's March 30, 2013 at 7:01 am

Happy early birthday!

I love ginger, these sound delicious!


33 Jennifer March 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Thank you, Hani! :)


34 Carrie@BakeNoPrisoners March 30, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Happy Birthday friend!! I totally understand 30. I will be turning 29 for the 4th time this year. :) Hope all your birthday wishes come true. These bars look delicious!


35 Jennifer March 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Aww, thanks, Carrie! I’m hoping 30 will be a good year :)


36 ATasteOfMadness April 1, 2013 at 12:40 am

I am thinking I am going to make this in the near future. Bookmarked :)


37 Jennifer April 1, 2013 at 7:18 am

Hope you love it! :)


38 Jennifer April 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm


The bars along with everything else looks great!!!!
I hope you enjoy you day. and Don’t worry about 30 its just a number.


39 Jennifer April 1, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Thanks :)


40 ashley - baker by nature April 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Chocolate and ginger are heavenly together! Hope your big birthday is wonderful!


41 Jennifer April 3, 2013 at 7:52 am

It was a very fun day :) Thanks, Ashley!


42 Laura Dembowski April 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

These look like a great way to celebrate a birthday! I love my birthdays too, but they are always a reminder that I need to get moving and get more accomplished. Time just keeps ticking away!


43 Jennifer April 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Totally agree, Laura!


44 Mama B @ My Edible Journey April 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Oh, interesting. I’ve never paired ginger with chocolate. Thanks for sharing. I definitely want to try this out.


45 Jennifer April 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

It is an awesome combination!


46 Rachel October 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Just made these and they were lovely! Like you indicated, 12 oz of chocolate & 1/2 cup of butter makes a pretty thick layer of topping, so I reduced it a teensy bit. I also added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, a pinch of cloves, and some freshly grated nutmeg to the cookie crust part. Delicious and very elegant looking! I will definitely make them again.


47 Jennifer October 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

Awesome! So glad you liked them, Rachel :)


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