Baked Treats

Coffee & Molasses Dream Bars

November 29, 2016

Richly flavored with molasses, strong coffee and a generous portion of ground cloves, these bars are one of my favorite holiday baking treats. They’re adapted from a recipe originally published 33 years ago in a community cookbook from Ladies Aid at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee, WI. Slather the coffee icing on while the bars are still warm.

Coffee & Molasses Dream Bars
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Richly flavored with molasses, strong coffee and cloves, these bars are one of my holiday baking favorites.
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Ingredients
  1. Coffee Molasses Dream Bars Ingredients
  2. 1 cup butter, room temperature
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 cup molasses
  6. 2/3 cup strong, hot coffee
  7. 3 cups flour
  8. 3 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  11. 1 tsp ground cloves
  12. Coffee Icing Ingredients
  13. 1/2 cup butter
  14. 4 cups powdered sugar
  15. 1/4 cup cold coffee
Instructions
  1. Make bars: Cream butter and sugar together for 5 minutes on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking several minutes for each egg. Add molasses and hot coffee. Sift dry ingredients together. Gradually mix dry ingredients in to the batter and blend well. Line a 1/2-sheet pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350. Spread batter in pan. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Make coffee frosting: While bars are baking, cream butter with powdered sugar. Add cold coffee, whisk until smooth.
  3. Remove bars from oven to a rack. While bars are still hot, frost with coffee frosting.
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