I first made these chocolate chip coffee bars in August 2011, when this blog was still a baby.
I instantly fell in love with them. I wanted to put my face in the dough and leave it there forever. I wanted to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I baked them many times with different flavour combinations and they were always so delicious.
They are chewy, fudgy, doughy, crumbly and short. Like chocolate chip cookie dough crossed with buttery pie crust crossed with coffee.
They smell fantastic while they are baking. And they taste even better to eat.
I’m re-posting them today partly because the original post is missing its photos. I thought these would be nice to re-shoot and bring to the forefront of the blog, to highlight one of my personal favourites that I bake at home again and again.
But I’m re-posting these today mostly because I just really wanted to make them again so I could eat them again, and needing to take new photos seemed like a good enough excuse.
They’re that good guys. Looking at these photos is enough to make me want to get back into the kitchen and make another batch… Because I’ve eaten all of these already.
Do yourself a favour and make these! You could even omit the coffee and make them peppermint-flavoured for Christmas. I think I just decided what I’ll be baking for the holidays this year!
- 220g unsalted butter, softened (1 cup)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 190 C (375 F) and line a 9 x 13 inch pan with baking paper.
- Bash up your coffee in a mortar and pestle (or something) so its nice and fine (important! Otherwise you’ll end up with bitter lumps of coffee).
- Using an electric mixer, beat the coffee, butter, sugar and vanilla until combined and creamy.
- Add the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder and mix on a low speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
- Taste some dough! Delicious!
- The mixture will be crumbly. Pour it all into your tray and press it flat with your hands.
- Bake for 5 minutes, then rotate the tray 180 degrees and bake for a further 5-10 minutes, until it begins to turn golden.
- Allow to cool before cutting into squares. Makes 20 - 24 bars.
- Happy baking!
Recipe adapted from Bakergirl.