Mary’s Maine Bars

| September 20, 2016 | 71 Comments

Mary's Maine Bars recipe, as seen on Taste of Southern.
Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making Mary’s Maine Bars. This recipe, from Dorie Greenspan, makes a chewy, gingerbread type of bar cookie that’s really quick and easy to make. We’re working with OXO Good Grip tools and you’ll find a printable recipe included.


Award winning, Mary's Maine Bar cookies.
Mary’s Maine Bars, an award winning Dorie Greenspan recipe.


Once again, I am delighted to be working with our good friends at OXO Kitchen Tools.

I was contacted by them recently, to work with a very special project called Cookies for Kid’s Cancer which began back in 2007, to help raise funds for research in pediatric cancer, the #1 disease killer of kids in the United States.

This year, OXO is working with cookie legend Dorie Greenspan and her new cookbook “Dorie’s Cookies.”

For this post, OXO will donate $100.00 to Cookies for Kids Cancer. They have also donated a couple of their great products to help me create this recipe, and I’ll share that with you further down in the post.

I’ll show you step-by-step, how to make these “Mary’s Maine Bar” cookies by Dorie Greenspan, and tell you how they can now be called “Award Winning Cookies” as well. Keep reading. Even Dorie doesn’t know about this yet.

While this isn’t one of my normal “old Southern favorite recipes,” it’s well worth sharing this recipe with you here on Taste of Southern. We’ll share some delicious gingerbread tasting bar cookies with you, and hopefully help fund some of the research that could save a lot of kids lives. How much more awesome could that be?

All comments regarding the OXO tools used in this post are mine. As a matter of full disclosure, I haven’t been financially compensated to prepare this recipe, but did receive the tools listed below.

If you’re ready to bake up a batch of Mary’s Maine Bars, then lets get in the kitchen and… Let’s Get Cooking.


OXO kitchen tools provided these.
OXO provided me with these baking dishes, and the spatula. I’ll also be using my OXO Illuminated Hand Mixer that was provided by OXO in regards to another past post.


Mary's Maine Bar recipe is courtesy of Dorie Greenspan.
The recipe is courtesy of the Dorie Greenspan “Dories Cookies” cookbook.

Click the photo above for more information about Dorie and her books.


The Award Winning Mary's Maine Bar cookie recipe.
I’ve baked two batches of these cookies thus far.

Part of the first batch was entered into our local Regional Fair since the fair was taking entries on the same day that I made them.

I’m happy to report they did receive a 2nd Place Award, which is pretty awesome within itself. (I think some Lemon Bars took first place.)

Since I often enter many of my home canned goods, I couldn’t resist entering them into the fair to see what might happen. I was happy to learn they did win a prize. How cool is that?

Now, let’s see how to make them. Ready?


Mary's Maine Bars, you'll need these ingredients.
Mary’s Maine Bars recipe, you’ll need these ingredients.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the all purpose flour.
Grab a large bowl to mix the dry ingredients in. You’ll only need two bowls total to make these.

Begin by adding the All-Purpose Flour first.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the wheat flour.
Add the Wheat Flour.

Dorie gives the weights for these in her recipe. I did weigh out the ingredients for this recipe, but if you don’t have kitchen scales, you can measure it out in cups as given in the recipe as well.


Mary's Maine Bars, add baking soda.
Add the Baking Soda.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the sea salt.
Add the Sea Salt.

I’m not sure why the recipe calls for Sea Salt as opposed to regular table salt. Thankfully, I try to keep some on hand at all times.


Mary's Maine Bars, add cinnamon.
Add the Ground Cinnamon.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the Nutmeg.
Add the Nutmeg.

The recipe called for “freshly grated Nutmeg,” which I did NOT have. I substituted Ground Nutmeg instead.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the Ground Cloves.
Add the Ground Cloves.


Mary's Maine Bars, whisk dry ingredients together.
Whisk the dry ingredients together, then set this aside.

WAIT… where’s the Ginger?  Surprisingly, even those these bars taste like Gingerbread, there ISN’T any Ginger in the recipe at all. Mix it all up really good.


Mary's Maine Bars, cut some parchment paper for your baking dish.
Isn’t that a pretty glass dish?

OXO is well known for making quality products. Their line of Good Grip tools is great, with larger, easier to hold handles on many of them… for us older folks.

The new Glass Baking Dishes, have large, easy to hold handles also. The dishes are made from BPA-free borosilicate glass. I had to look that up, but basically, it makes them resistant to thermal shock. This means, they can easily travel from the freezer to the oven, and then to the table. How easy is that?

No more wrapping the dish with aluminum foil or fighting with plastic wrap either. These dishes have sloshproof lids which make moving your dishes super simple whether its just around the kitchen, or over to Grandma’s house.

You’ll certainly notice the “heft” of these dishes, which lets you quickly know you’re holding another quality OXO product.

This is the 3 Qt. Glass baking dish above. You can learn more about it by clicking: Glass 3 Qt Baking Dish with Lid

You’ll want to cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the dish. I did this by sitting the dish on top of the paper, then drawing around the bottom. Then, I cut INSIDE the line I just drew, to make the paper fit easily inside.


Mary's Maine Bars, spray the inside of the baking dish.
I used a baking spray to grease the inside of the dish. You could certainly use butter or cooking oil, but I’ve become a fan of spraying my pans lately. Choice is yours. Coat the bottom and up the sides.


Mary's Maine Bars, place the parchment paper inside.
Position the parchment paper on the bottom inside the dish. The oil will help hold it in place.

Parchment paper likes to curl and can sometimes be a little difficult to work with. Just be patient when using it.


Mary's Maine Bars, grease the top of the paper.
Then, I sprayed another light coat of the cooking spray on top of the parchment paper.

Set this aside for now. It’s time to mix the wet ingredients together.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the sugar.
Grab a large mixing bowl and your mixer. Add the sugar to the mixing bowl.

I’m using my OXO Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer as pictured above. That’s right, it’s got a light on it to help you see inside the mixing bowl.

I’ve had this for several months now and love it. You can read more about it by visiting the OXO website here: Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer


Mary's Maine Bars, add the oil.
Add the flavorless oil. I’m using Canola oil as suggested in the recipe.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the molasses.
Add the Molasses.

DORIE QUICK TIP:  Dorie makes a great suggestion in her cookbook that I sometimes forget. Anytime you’re working with something sticky like molasses or honey, add some oil to your measuring cup first.

That’s why we added the oil first in this recipe. After you get a coating of oil inside your measuring cup, then you add the molasses. You’ll be amazed at how completely it pours out of the cup without sticking all to the insides. Clean up is super quick and easy when you do this. Try it yourself and see.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the egg.
Add the egg.  I always suggest you break an egg into a smaller dish as opposed to directly into the mixing bowl. That way, if you have any shell that falls in, you can remove it easier.


Mary's Maine Bars, combine until smooth.
Using a low speed, gently mix the wet ingredients just until they are combined together.

Can you see the light on my mixer? It doesn’t show up well here, but it’s a great light for seeing what’s going on inside the bowl. Really helps when you don’t have a lot of under cabinet lights in your kitchen… like me. Just saying.


Mary's Maine Bars, add half of the dry ingredients.
Add HALF of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.


Mary's Maine Bars, mix on low speed.
Pulse this a time or two to begin mixing everything together. Mix this on low speed just until the flour disappears into the mix. The OXO Digital mixer has easy to use controls right on the handle.


Mary's Maine Bars, add the buttermilk.
Add the Buttermilk.


Mary's Maine Bars, mix to combine.
Mix the buttermilk just until it disappears into the mix.

Can you see how easily the mixer sits up on my counter top? It’s cord also wraps around the base portion for easy storage. The cord also can flip from the left to the right side or vice-versa, depending on what you need where.


Mary's Maine Bars, add remaining dry mix.
Add the remaining dry ingredients to the bowl.


Mary's Maine Bars, mix on low to combine.
Mix on low speed to combine, just until the flour disappears.

This is where the OXO Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer really shines. You can see how thick this batter is, but the OXO mixer handles it super easily. The speed will adjust depending on the load placed on the beater bars at the time. This keeps the speed constant, when mixing your batters together.

Okay, all those splotches of batter around the inside of the bowl is what happens when you speed up the mixer while removing the beaters from the batter. It’s my way of cleaning off the beaters, but it can quickly throw batter around inside, and sometimes OUTSIDE of the bowl. Proceed with caution. You can thank me later.


Mary's Maine Bars, thick batter.
Place the batter inside your 9×13 baking dish.

Dorie Greenspan refers to this as dough instead of batter. As you can see, it’s pretty thick.


Mary's Maine Bars, work it into the corners of the dish.
Use an offset spatula to work the dough into the corners of the dish.

The dough wanted to slide around inside because it was sitting on top of the parchment paper. I had to use my fingers to hold the paper at one end while spreading the dough into the corners.


Mary's Maine Bars, sprinkle with sugar.
Sprinkle the top of the dough with some sugar.

Regular granulated sugar will work. I just happened to have this larger grained sprinkle sugar on hand so I used that.


Mary's Maine Bars, baking time and temp.
Place the dish on the middle rack in your oven. The oven should be pre-heated to 350F degrees.

The bars will need to bake for abut 25-30 minutes total, but you need to rotate the pan after about 15 minutes to insure even baking. Remember, oven temps vary, so watch it carefully.


Mary's Maine Bars, test for doneness.
When you start smelling the goodness of your baking, insert a toothpick into the dough to see if it’s done. If the toothpick pulls out clean, it’s done. If it has a few crumbs sticking to it, let it bake another minute or two longer. You can also look at the edges and see if it’s started to pull away from the edge of the dish.


Mary's Maine Bars, cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.
When it’s done, remove the cookie from the oven and place the dish on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.


Mary's Maine Bars, loosen the edges.
After it’s cooled for 10 minutes, run a butter knife around the inside edges of the baking dish to loosen the cookie bar from the dish.


Mary's Maine Bars, using the lid to flip.
The lid is shown upside down in this photo. Perhaps you can see the raised portion of the lid, which would normally be up instead of like this.

The height of the lid makes it easy to cover the top of whatever is in your baking dish without worry of messing up meringue, frosting, or whatever topping you might have on your food item.

I thought it would work just perfect to help flip the cookie out of the dish. Since I didn’t have a rack that would cover the size of this dish, I was afraid the cookie bar would break when I tried to flip it out again to cool on the rack.

Flipping the plastic lid over, it fit down inside the dish, and rested on top of the cookie itself.


Mary's Maine Bars, ready to flip.
Then, I used a folded tea towel to hold the lid and baking dish together. The glass dish was still hot, so I used the tea towel as a pot holder.

See how the lid slipped inside. It’s going to keep the cookie from breaking while I flip it over.


Mary's Maine Bars, flipped again.
I held the lid and dish together with the tea towel, and flipped it over. The whole cookie bar slipped easily out of the baking dish. I didn’t even have to remove the parchment paper, it stayed inside the baking dish.


Mary's Maine Bars, cool on wire rack.
I used the wire rack above to once again flip the cookie. The bar needs to cool on a wire rack until ready to cut.


Mary's Maine Bars, cut and enjoy.
The OXO Brownie Spatula came in handy when cutting and moving the bars. If you’re making brownies, sheet cake, or perhaps lasagna in the dish, you can use the end of the Brownie Spatula as a knife to cut then scoop them out with the spatula itself.

Since the entire cookie bar is removed from the baking dish to cool, I cut it into bars on my cutting board.

Any leftover bars can easily be stored in the 3-Qt., or the 2-Qt. baking dish, using the lid to keep them sealed and secured.

Here are the links for the 2-Qt. baking dish with lid, and for the Brownie Spatula.

Glass 2 Qt Baking Dish with Lid

Brownie Spatula

My special thanks to OXO for allowing me the opportunity to share these great products and this recipe with the Taste of Southern readers. I do hope you’ll try it and I look forward to reading your Comments below.

Thank you also to Dorie Greenspan for the great Mary’s Maine Bars recipe.





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Mary's Maine Bars, a recipe by Dorie Greenspan. Printable recipe.

Mary’s Maine Bars

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 20 bars. 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Follow our easy, step-by-step, photo illustrated recipe for making Mary’s Maine Bars. This recipe, from Dorie Greenspan, makes a chewy, gingerbread type of bar cookie that’s really quick and easy to make. We’re working with OXO Good Grip tools and you’ll find a printable recipe included.



  • 1 1/2 cups (204 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (204 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) unsulfured molasses
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) flavorless oil, such as canola
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
  • Sanding or granulated sugar, for sprinkling


  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F.
  2. Generously butter a 9-x-13-inch baking pan or coat it with baking spray. Line it with a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Whisk both flours, the baking soda, salt and spices together
  4. Working with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the sugar, molasses, oil and egg together until smooth.
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients and pulse the mixer to start blending them in, then beat on low speed only until the flour disappears into the dough.
  6. Pour in the buttermilk and mix to combine.
  7. Add the remainder of the dry ingredients and, still working on low, beat until incorporated. You’ll have a smooth, heavy, sticky dough.
  8. Scrape the dough into the pan, using a knife or offset spatula to get it into the corners and to even the top as best you can.
  9. Sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake for 26 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan after 15 minutes, or until the top is dry and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Transfer the pan to a rack.
  12. After 10 minutes, run a blunt table knife around the edges of the pan, invert the Maine bars onto a rack, peel away the paper, turn it over onto another rack and let cool.
  13. When you’re ready, cut it into 20 bars (about 13/4 x 31/4 inches).
  14. Enjoy!


Recipe courtesy of Dorie Greenspan and her “Dories Cookies” cookbook.

Keywords: Mary's Maine Bars Recipe, OXO, Dorie Greenspan, made from scratch


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  1. Michelle says:

    I love old fashioned gingerbread. These look good!

  2. Carol Ambrosino says:

    Can’t wait to try these cookies. Just something about gingerbread that puts you in a jolly, holiday mood!

  3. Cynthia says:

    I bake all the time, esp cookies and caramel rolls. Love your newsletter.

  4. Joy Risher says:

    What a wonderful way to make this gingerbread recipe using whole wheat flour! I love gingerbread when it’s a little chewy. Printing the recipe now. Than you so much.

  5. Colleen Faini says:

    I love gingerbread! This recipe sounds really good. I found your blog while looking for pickle recipes. I very much appreciate your quest to adapt your mother’s sweet pickle recipe for today’s cucumbers. My grandmother made fantastic sweet pickles. I hope that I can sometime find a recipe that approximates her recipe.

  6. EL Greene says:

    Love this recipe and your site with all the great pictures of the process. Love gingerbread this time of year. Thanks for the post, and I love the bakeware too.

  7. Lillian Rayner says:

    These look so good; will most surely try this wonderful recipe. I love gingerbread and molasses, so this will be a real treat.

  8. Dorothy Oldham says:

    We all love gingerbread and and I especially like idea that these are bars. Bars are so much easier to make and am curious if these resemble hermits.
    Soon my house will be smelling wonderful soon.

    Thank you.N7

  9. Maggie Thorpe says:

    Those cookies look so good! I love gingerbread so I can’t wait to taste these.
    I’m making them as soon as I get some buttermilk! Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Bushrod says:

    Gotta try this one! With the molasses we could use Southern Biscuit flour and claim this as a Carolina Treat..
    Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Gisele Schaeffer says:

    Sorry Steve but neither my husband nor myself love gingerbread. But I have to admit these bars look delicious.
    By the way I love making cookies.
    Thank you for your great newsletters.
    There is definitely a change of weather here in Eastern North Carolina. Autumn is coming!

  12. Kay Morton says:

    Can’t wait to try these! Congrats on all your Ribbons! Miss working at the Extension office and seeing you!

  13. Sandra Lowry says:

    These sound delicious and fit right in with this wonderful time of year! Congratulations on winning the award for these and for all your canning awards. Your Mother would be extremely proud of you for carrying on her special traditions! I have no doubt you will master her pickle recipe also. I am about 6 weeks into physical therapy for shoulder surgery so I am not doing much cooking right now. I will make these before Thanksgiving though because the recipe is making me crave gingerbread. I am glad OXO is partnered with you. They have a great product and you make a good tester for them because you use the product, describe it nicely and you are very honest. That makes a good spokesperson!
    Thanks for the recipe and for your heartfelt stories. You always make me smile!
    Happy Fall!

  14. Karen M. says:

    I am really looking forward to making these. Some healthy ingredients and the fall tastes of gingerbread and spice cake…sounds so good!

  15. Terry lefever says:

    I love the bars! Growing up we had a little lady that lived next door to us that made cookies that tasted just the same!!! Thank you for taking me back to some great child memories!!

  16. I love your Newsletters, like from a longtime friend. I will be trying this recipe. Love the molasses!!!

  17. Mary S says:

    Am reminded of fall afternoons enjoying boxed gingersnaps and milk after school as a small child.
    Dobbins House Tavern, Gettysburg, PA, old fashioned dark gingerbread served warm with lemon sauce!

  18. Hope says:

    I will be making these this weekend. I love all things gingerbread. Congratulations in your awards. God bless and keep cooking. Your recipes are great and I also enjoy your blog.

  19. Hi Steve,
    Congratulations on your ribbons! I’m not fond of ginger but I love molasses.
    Will give this recipe a try. I Enjoy reading your newsletters. I’m so glad FALL is here, it’s a little cooler in Harrisburg, NC.

  20. Marilyn G Hollingsworth says:

    I love gingerbread and anything with molasses! Can’t wait to try this.

  21. Lizzie says:

    These look so good I can already smell them baking. Is it possible to use Sorghum molasses in these? I know that is not actual molasses but I have a big container & none of the other. Congrats on all the ribbons you won. Thanks for sharing one of Dorie’s recipes with us.

  22. Joyce Plyler says:

    Nom, nom, nom!! The whole family luvs ANYTHING w/ spices! This recipe looks simply delish!!! Made many dishes w/ ginger, must try this! Soon, especially since impending holidays.
    Congrats, Steve, on all of your wins! Very admirable & well deserved
    Being a brand – new subscriber, I enjoy your writings & accompanying, “updates” immensely! Please do not make it shorter! Your posts are the highlight of our wk.!!!

  23. Jill Hawley says:

    I’m excited to try this recipe. Love molasses and gingerbread. I’m new to your website, and newsletter but glad I found you. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Karen Miller says:

    Love gingerbread. Looking forward to trying this out. I have all the ingredients on hand so will make this week to share with my Sunday School class. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  25. Doris says:

    I will bake these for my brother,he loves gingerbread no one else in the family does.Congrats on winning you’re ribbons.I love reading your news letters.THANKS Steve for sharing.

  26. JoyceB says:

    Oh my my Steve! These bars/cookies remind me of something we baked in my Home Ed class back in the ’60s. I have looked for the recipe for years. I can’t wait to see if these taste like those bars. We also baked Gingerbread in that class. l have NEVER used a Gingerbread mix. Nothing compares to scratch made Gingerbread. The smell is as awesome as the taste. Thanks to you Steve for all the many recipes from you that l now serve on a regular basis.

  27. Paul M. says:

    I do not care for the standard gingerbread taste, but I am going to try this recipe and cut back on the nutmeg and cloves a little. I think it may be something like my Grandma’s Molasses Bread she made in her cast-iron skillet. I have tried to make it before but without success. Let you know if it works.

  28. Alicia Day says:

    I do like gingerbread, but my oldest daughter loves it. I will have to try some of these bars for her. Thanks!

  29. Sylvia M. says:

    I enjoy gingerbread and ginger cookies. These cookie bars look like they have a wonderful flavor. I’m not a fan of ginger in savory foods, just some sweet desserts.

  30. Mary says:

    Congrats on all your ribbons from the fair. I have been a fan of OXO for a long time. We love the taste of gingerbread, and this recipe looks like a winner. Pinned. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Patricia Millen says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious. We’re big fans of molasses anything so I just printed the recipe and will try it this week. Thanks Steve and congratulations on your blue and red ribbons.

  32. jaime desmarais says:

    Love the smell of baking gingerbread in the Fall!

  33. Autumn says:

    Wow, second place! That’s so cool. I don’t have any molasses at home but may have to buy some so I can make these! Congrats on all your ribbons – I’d say you made a “sweep” for sure!

  34. Sharon says:

    Hi Steve, Congratulations on your ribbon winnings! Although I’m not surprised, since every one of your recipes I’ve tried has been a winner at my house, and several are on my menu on a regular basis.

    I love the taste of gingerbread, so it was a sweet surprise to see a plate of Mary’s Maine Bars in my inbox today. One of my favorite snacks as a kid was ginger snap cookies and milk, only now it’s coffee instead of milk. I’m looking forward to trying this winning recipe. I don’t have any molasses on hand to make them today, but I’ve already added it to my shopping list for my next trip to the grocery store.

    Have a great week!

  35. Terry McGoron says:

    These look yummy. I’ll have to buy molasses and buttermilk, not something I keep on hand.

  36. Bea Weaver says:

    Steve, I gave grin after grin to read about your ribbons.. I confess, a little jealous, however proud that you could do it. Can’t wait to hear about the second batch of your Mom’s pickle recipe. I’ve always loved gingerbread, especially with lemon sauce. Know this will be bringing beautiful aroma to my neighborhood soon!!!!!

  37. Linda Ferguson says:

    I love this recipe. I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving when I have children and grandchildren to eat it. I love to share my cooking with others. I’ve used many OXO items and find them well designed and time-saving. I’m especially intrigued by the mixer with a light. My failing eyesight would welcome this innovation.

  38. Linda Blevins says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and congrats on the ribbons. I am new to your blog and website and enjoy both. I can’t wait to try this recipe as I love gingerbread, especially this time of year. Thanks, again!

  39. Lynne B. says:

    Can’t wait to try the recipe as soon as I pick up nutmeg. Great fall recipe. I won first place for my sausage casserole years ago.

  40. Cheryl says:

    I love gingerbread bread and cookies both, and anything with molasses for that matter. Yesterday I made some baked beans from scratch with plenty of molasses, and were they ever good. I even found some uncured salt pork to use as a base. Must try these bars soon.

  41. Motheroflittle says:

    Congratulations on all the ribbons at the fair Steve! I am not surprised as I think all your recipes are winners. I adore molasses cookies and those bars look great. I am going right now to make these for dessert tonight.

    • Motheroflittle says:

      UPDATE: It is a winner! I made this earlier today and just tasted it. OK, I couldn’t wait for dessert but anyway… We really like it. Its a forgiving recipe too. I used a gluten free almond based baking mix and its moist, tasty and looks just like the photo. It has the taste of a molasses cookie/gingerbread but brownie texture. Much easier than baking cookies. Thanks for the recipe.

  42. Cathy Sewell says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I love ginger so intend to make these cookies as soon as I gather the ingredients. I also make your Mother’s biscuit recipe often. I appreciate all your efforts, as I don’t usually take the time as often as I should to tell you.

  43. Robin Lasley says:

    This recipe brings back fond memories of watching old movies with Mama and having warm gingerbread with hot chocolate on cool autumn evenings. Thanks Steve!

  44. Paula Schubert says:

    Thanks for the recipe. They look great although I thought it might be coarse sea salt sprinkled on top rather than sugar. I love ginger and I guess it might be the cloves that give it that peppery taste of ginger. I used to bake ginger snaps for my husband until I discovered that I couldn’t keep up with the demand. Now I just buy them. I also like all the OXO products I’ve purchased (although mostly kitchen tools) because they are comfortable to use and work so well. Congratulations on your big ribbon haul!

  45. Michelle says:

    I love the taste of good gingerbread. Love to smell it baking too.
    I have a favorite recipe, but I think I would like to try this one since it has whole wheat flour and I have some I need to use up. Now that it’s cooling off here, I’m ready to do some baking. Wonder how this would be with some raisins added to the batter?

  46. jadip says:

    These cookies are perfect for cooler weather! Thanks!

  47. Gracey Compton says:

    I like gingerbread – warm with a thin pat of butter (not margarine) on top. I usually have ginger snaps in the house as a low calorie snack. Since I have most of the ingredients, I will possibly make this recipe this week. I’m new to your site, thank you for all the good recipes and info. Regards, GC

  48. Beverly says:

    Congratulations on your ribbons for winning at the fair. The Mary’s Maine Bars looks really good. My granddaughter is six years old and she really likes to bake cookies: chocolate chip is her favorite. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and I hope her love for baking will continue. I really enjoy your recipes and your newsletters. Thanks so much for sharing.

  49. Love that gingerbread taste! So yummy, and very easy to make!

  50. Cindy Chambers says:

    I love many kinds of cookies and bars but not gingerbread. These are beautiful though.

  51. Gina Price says:

    Yummmmm! Can’t wait to try these, looove Gingerbread, thanks for all the great stories and recipes!I am sure glad for cooler temps too!

  52. Donna says:

    Not a fan of Gingerbread cookies, but these bars look yummy! Will give them a try

  53. Joyce Moore says:

    Steve, I’m going to try this recipe. I like most cookies. Have a sweet tooth.

  54. David Williams says:

    This looks like it would make a great snack with a glass of cold milk. I like gingerbread and have some Dorie Greenspan cookbooks. Keep the great recipes coming.

  55. Regina says:

    I am excited to make this. My family loves the taste of gingerbread.

  56. Marilyn says:

    Good Morning Steve,

    My family and I love gingerbread, I make gingerbread cookies at Christmas time, they are always well received. Send them to my Dad too. This year, I think I will be making these Mary’s Maine Bars, they look so good and easy to make. More substantial than a regular cookie. Look forward every week to your newsletter, and love Taste of Southern, recipes always interesting and have tried quite a few, especially pie crusts.

    Thanks, keep them coming.

  57. Dianne Mullinix says:

    I’m not usually a big fan of gingerbread, but these look pretty tasty. My son loves gingerbread, so I may have to give these a try. If I do, I’ll report back on how they turn out.

  58. Carissa H says:

    I really like gingerbread and will try making these bars soon.

  59. Dora Gosnell says:

    This is a blue ribbon recipe, thanks so much for sharing it.

  60. Laurie says:

    I will try this recipe soon. I love the taste of gingerbread, especially in the fall. It is very fitting and comforting this time of year. This recipe reminds me of a syrup cake I like to make with cane syrup.

  61. Annette Warden says:

    Love recipes that incorporate whole wheat flour and buttermilk. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and molasses are definitely Fall flavors and I’m sure the combination is what gives thee bars/cookies the ginger flavor. Can’t wait to try them especially since my husband loves anything with ginger.

    Thank you for your wonderful recipes and clear instructions.


  62. Rich M says:

    Very interesting and no ginger. Something that I want to try. I am very new to your site and your newsletters. I do enjoy your process in presentation with photos step by step. I made your Mama’s Buttermilk Biscuits this past weekend along with your Apple Butter Recipe (4 pints) they were both oh so good. Thank you for sharing.

  63. robin says:

    Love, love this time of the year with gingerbread and pumpkin flavored things. thanks for the recipe.

  64. Darlean Allen says:

    I do enjoy cookies I do bake them sometimes for my grandkids I’m sure I will try this recipe for them.

  65. libby rouse says:

    I am sure going to make these bars, know I will love them, as anything with a gingerbread taste would be delicious to me!

  66. Jim Hall says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Always enjoy the flavor of gingerbread & am always tickled when I can find a good molasses recipe!
    Keep up the good work!

  67. Elsa Nystrom says:

    Not really fond of gingerbread, but they look interesting.

  68. Elizabeth Ferguson says:

    This looks good. I like your pretty step-by-step pictures.

  69. Terri Baker says:

    I love gingerbread, and I also love molasses chews. These look like a good cross between gingerbread cake and molasses chew cookies! I have to bake a batch today! Any recipe that calls for molasses is great in my book!

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