Gingerbread Cake Bars with Lemon Glaze

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The first time I tasted the combination of gingerbread and lemon was when I made very time-consuming (but worth it!) homemade gingerbread ice cream sandwiches with a lemon sorbet/ice cream. They were delectable, but painstaking. This is an easier alternative made from a gingerbread mix and baked in a 13 X 9 glass baking dish, and it lends itself well to the colder months when I'm not quite craving frozen treats. During the holidays, the lemon glaze is a nice change from the heavy, overly sweet white icing I usually find on gingerbread cookies. Lemon juice from a bottle saves all that messy squeezing time and the glaze is so simple to make that there's no reason to buy pre-made lemon-flavored icing instead.
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Step 1: Prepare

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In addition to the minimal ingredients below, you will need a 13 X 9 baking dish (preferably glass), whisk, fork, small bowl, teaspoon, rubber spatula, knife, and measuring cup.


1 14.5 oz gingerbread (cake and cookie) mix
1 1/4 cup + 2 tsp warm water
1 egg
1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar
4 tsp lemon juice
Non-stick cooking spray (optional)

Step 2: Get stirrin'!

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray your baking dish with cooking spray if you are using a metal one. It isn't necessary for a glass dish, unless you have encountered sticking previously in your oven.

In the baking dish (yes, the baking dish!), stir together the gingerbread mix, 1 1/4 cup warm water, and 1 egg with a fork, until blended. Scrape the sides when necessary.

Step 3: Bake!

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The recipe on the back of the box for gingerbread calls for a longer baking time because they use a 9 X 9 pan. Because you are using a larger one, the cooking time is almost cut in half. I always thought gingerbread cake was too high, so much so that I end up having to use a fork. This way, they are more of a brownie size and easier to eat with your hands.

Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until a knife comes out clean.
These look so wonderful!
Yum! This is unique and probably impresses people who think you have to be an expert to make something like this. Any ideas on how to make this a chocolate gingerbread?
aliciak (author)  stasia-realsimple7 years ago
I would add 2 tbsp cocoa powder when you're mixing the ingredients in the glass pan.
very yummy. what about trying the reverse? a lemon poppy seed cake with ginger frosting. might be cool to serve them side by side.
zachninme7 years ago
Could you just use 2tbsp of lemon juice, instead of 2tsp of it being water?
aliciak (author)  zachninme7 years ago
You can try! I've tasted the icing pre-water and it's very lemony, so that's why I added the water. It depends on your taste preferences I guess.