Nothing fills the house with more Christmas cheer than the smell of gingerbread fresh from the oven. These Chocolate Gingerbread Bars are a fresh take on the traditional Christmas treat. They have the same warm and cozy combination of spices you remember along with the addition of rich chocolate, all packaged together in a nice little square.
Each year I make a little advent activity for the kids. I do it for two reasons: 1. It’s fun to see them excited each day as they open the little doors of the house to find the surprise inside, and 2. it keeps them from asking me how many days until Christmas fifty times a day. They just go to the little house and count for themselves. Some of the doors have a sweet treat inside but some of the doors have a note. I write things like “It’s Christmas movie night” or “Visit Santa today”. The Saturday before Christmas is always “Bake a special treat” day for the Advent house. These Chocolate Gingerbread Bars are perfect for a day like that. They fill the whole house with a drool-worthy scent, and are great for little hands who love to measure and stir. And since they only take around 30-40 minutes to make it’s easy to keep the little ones engaged in the process.
As these were baking it was hard not to conjure up thoughts of curling up next to the fire with a book, a cup of cocoa, and a plate of these goodies. They make a wonderful gift for friends, co-workers, and teachers, and are a great choice for bringing to a holiday party. They look perfectly festive sitting on a white platter with a few candy canes placed around them.
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