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Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe

Coffee and spice and everything nice! These yummy bars are great for dessert and snacks.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

Christian and I needed a quick treat to take to a birthday party and I needed to use the ingredients I had on hand. Here is our recipe for “Coffee and Spice and Everything Nice”.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

You’ll mix the dry ingredients first. If you don’t, you may end up with a bunch of cardamom in one spot or maybe a super salty cookie bar but no cinnamon in another.

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24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

In a separate bowl, cream together the softened shortening and brown sugar.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

It will look a little crumbly. Add the beaten egg.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

Add about one quarter of the flour mixture and blend well.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

Then add about one quarter of the coffee and mix well. Continue a bit at a time, back and forth like this until you’ve used all the flour mixture and coffee.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

Fold in the dates and walnuts.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

We’ve baked this in a sheet pan but it will also work in a 9×13 cake pan if you prefer a cake. You would just need to increase the baking time.

24Bite: Coffee and Spice Bars Recipe by Christian Guzman

Coffee and Spice Bars

Coffee and spice and everything nice! These yummy bars are great for dessert and snacks.
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Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coffee, Cookie Bars, Cookies, Dates, Walnuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 48 cookie bars
Calories: 135kcal

Ingredients

Cookie Bars

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice ground
  • 1 cup shortening softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup cold coffee prepared
  • 1/2 cup candied pitted dates chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tablespoons cold coffee prepared

Instructions

Cookie Bars

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom and allspice. Set aside.
  • In large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until well mixed and crumbly.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Gradually add flour mixture and coffee, about one-quarter of it at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Fold in dates and walnuts.
  • Spray 15 x 21″ sheet pan with cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in pan.
  • Bake 15-17 minutes until done. Allow to cool.

Glaze

  • Place powdered sugar in small bowl. Add cold coffee, one tablespoon at a time. Try to mix it after each addition. Don’t overdo it. It takes a lot less than you would imagine. Continue until the glaze is the consistency you would like.
  • When the cookie bars are completely cooled, use a spoon to drizzle the glaze randomly over the top. Allow to set before cutting.

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