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The Twelve Cookies of Christmas -- Eighth Day

This bar cookie features an old fashioned taste...Gingerbread. With a new twist...Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. The two flavors work together elegantly.

Gingerbread Squares with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting (35 squares)

Ingredients for Gingerbread:

1 3/4 cups flour

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup molasses

3 T milk

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions for Gingerbread:

1. Mix together first five ingredients.

2. Beat butter until creamy.

3. Beat in sugars gradually.

4. Beat in egg.

5. Add flour mixture gradually and blend with a spatula then beat with mixer (this avoids a flour cloud).

6. Beat in molasses and milk until blended.

7. Spread batter in a greased 9 x 13 pan.

8. Bake for 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Cool. Spread with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosing. Cut into bars.

Ingredients for Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

6 oz cream cheese, softened

2 T butter, softened

1/3 cup lemon curd

2 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions for Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

1. Beat cream cheese and butter till fluffy.

2. Beat in lemon curd.

3. Add powdered sugar with a spatula then beat with mixer until smooth.