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Sticky Ginger Squares

Sticky Ginger Squares

These squares boast a thin, chewy gingerbread layer with crystallized ginger, and gingery streusel on top. Add vanilla ice cream for a decadent treat.

Ingredients

Squares

  • 1 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup diced crystallized ginger
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Topping

  • 1 1/3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt*
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup diced crystallized ginger

* If you use salted butter, reduce the salt to 1/8 teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. To make the squares: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, allspice, salt, baking soda, and crystallized ginger.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the molasses, eggs, brown sugar and butter.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, beating till smooth.
  5. Spread the batter in the prepared pan, and set it aside.
  6. To make the streusel topping: Using a pastry blender, electric mixer, or your fingers, mix together the flour, butter, salt, and brown sugar till it's fairly well-blended; some chunks of butter can remain.
  7. Mix in the crystallized ginger.
  8. Bake the squares for 15 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle on the streusel, and bake an additional 30 minutes, till the streusel is a deep, golden brown.
  10. Remove the squares from the oven, and run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen them.
  11. Allow them to cool, then cut into 2 1/4-inch squares.

Yield: about 2 dozen squares

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): King Arthur Flour - kingarthurflour.com


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