Cinnamon Coffee Bars

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 egg
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.


About doucementgently

I'm a thirty-something female with loads of kids, a great husband, and lots of things on my mind. I plan on blogging about homeschooling, personal finance, the economy in the U.S., politics, family life, and the things my children do.
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