My spouse came home the other night with a request. One of the guys at work is leaving to go to another company and his co-workers were planning a going away meal. His request was for me to make a dessert of some sort to go with chili dogs.
Well, what goes with chili dogs? Probably something you can hold in your hand, I thought. A bar or a brownie? But somehow a chocolate brownie didn’t quite seem the thing. With just a regular hot dog, brownies are great. But with a chili dog? I turned to my hand-dandy Quick Cooking Annual Recipe books and soon had a small list of possibilities. After checking my cabinets, I decided on the Cinnamon Coffee Bars.
Cinnamon Coffee Bars
1/2 c butter, softened
1 c packed brown sugar
1/3 c hot strong brewed coffee
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 cup (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 chopped walnuts
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add egg; beat well. Beat in coffee. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture.
Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Spread into a well-greased 8-in square baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes to until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
3/4 c confectioners’ sugar
1/4 t vanilla extract
3-4 t milk
In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a glaze consistency. Drizzle over warm bars. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Yield: 1 dozen.
As always, I made a couple small adjustments. I knew one dozen wouldn’t be enough for a dozen guys, so I doubled the recipe and put it into a 9″x13″x2″ pan. I skipped the walnuts (always looking out for those with peanut allergies or who just don’t like nuts in their food) and only put in about one and a quarter cups of chocolate chips (7-8 oz) in vs. two cups (12 oz). I also lengthened the cooking time a bit at a time to adjust for the pan size vs. doubled recipe. It ended up taking about 40 minutes.
I wasn’t sure how the sweet glaze would go over with the guys, so I skipped it as well. If I were to do it over, I’d probably go ahead and glaze it because I thought the bars were a bit dry. The guys seemed to like them, according to my husband, but he came home with five bars left. Normally, things I send come home empty. If there is something left, it isn’t up to my usual level of baking. They were also, in my opinion, not as flavorful as I would have liked. I wonder if a flavored coffee would have improved the taste vs. normal brewed stuff?
So, overall, pretty good. Not the greatest. Definitely feel free to experiment on them if you try them.