31 May 2014

Weekend Cooking: Coffee Bars

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I've talked about King Arthur Flour many times on Weekend Cooking. I love their products and their recipes. Beside perusing their website for recipes, I also subscribe (print and digital) to their quarterly Baking Sheet.

Don't those danishes on the cover of the spring 2014 issue look wonderful? I haven't made them. I did, however, bake dessert a few weeks ago, and the recipe came from this issue. I picked the Coffee Bars because I find it hard to resist recipes that include coffee as an ingredient.

I was worried that they might be too sweet, especially with the icing; but, in fact, they were perfect. Very moist and good. These would be a hit at a pot luck or for any informal entertaining. Oh, and they're great with a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Note: I scanned the photo from the newsletter. The spots are proof that I actually cooked from the print edition. One way I can tell if I've made a recipe is if I find crumbs and oil spots on the page.

Coffee Bars
Makes 4 dozen (umm, we cut ours bigger than that)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c warm, strong coffee
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Caramel Icing
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 by 13-in pan.

Cookies: Mix the sugar, butter, and oil until well combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla thoroughly and then mix in the coffee.

Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add to the sugar mixture. Stir in the raisins and nuts.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges just begin to pull from the sides of the pan. While the bars are baking prepare the icing

Icing: Combine the brown sugar, butter, and cream in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and gradually add the confectioners sugar, beating constantly. If the icing is not smooth, place over low heat, stirring constantly until lumps of sugar disappear.

Remove the bars from the oven and immediately spread the icing over the top. Cool completely before slicing.


Couscous & Consciousness 5/31/14, 7:01 AM  

I'm an absolute sucker for coffee anything so I know I'd love these bars - perfect with a good espresso for a double coffee hit :-)

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 5/31/14, 7:17 AM  

I'm not much of a baker, but these look delicious (as long as someone else makes them for me!!).

rhapsodyinbooks 5/31/14, 7:29 AM  

Well I would leave out the raisins, but otherwise they look wonderful! And you know I too am a huge fan of KAF!

JoAnn 5/31/14, 8:10 AM  

You can never go wrong with a King Arthur recipe. These look delicious!

Amanda 5/31/14, 8:15 AM  

Mmm! I'd skip the walnuts and raisins personally, but otherwise these sound delicious.

jama 5/31/14, 8:40 AM  

These look so good! Yum :).

Debi 5/31/14, 9:06 AM  

I hear you--just something about a recipe with coffee that is irresistible! And I believe I may have to try this one more sooner than later!

Janel Gradowski 5/31/14, 10:43 AM  

I am addicted to coffee. Love it with or in everything! When I saw the raisins in this recipe, my first thought was to replace them with blackberries. There is a coffee shop chain in Michigan that has several lattes flavored with blackberry syrup (blackberry + caramel, blackberry + Irish cream) and they are divine!

Joy 5/31/14, 10:57 AM  

Brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts -- Yum! I wouldn't mind those for breakfast!

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Rhiannon Johnson 5/31/14, 1:36 PM  

The Danish on the cover look yummy. Can you believe I had my first Danish last weekend? I had a lemon Danish with cherry topping that was drizzled with a lemon vanilla frosting. I'm not sure I want to attempt baking them but I will eat them!

Vasilly 5/31/14, 3:47 PM  

These look amazing!

Anita LeBeau 5/31/14, 4:55 PM  

Oh yummmm!! I'm not a fan of raisins but the nuts would be great!

Peaceful Reader 6/1/14, 11:06 AM  

I love the flavor of coffee even though I'm not a coffee drinker. Coffee ice cream is my favorite. These bars look wonderful though and would be perfect for my book club gatherings. I am a fan of KAF as well.

maria helena 6/1/14, 1:33 PM  

Those coffee bars looks delicious!

Gilion Dumas 6/1/14, 6:41 PM  

Sounds great! I have a real sweet tooth lately, especially for baked treats.

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