Kahlua Cinnamon Coffee Date Bars

 

 

Kahlua Cinnamon Coffee Date Bars

 

Life is short, which makes me very glad I’ve got things like dates, cinnamon, coffee and Kahlua to make every day count. Now, it’s true any of these flavors by itself is delicious in its own right, but put them all together and prepare to go “Yummmm!”

 

Taking a bite of my Kahlua Cinnamon Coffee Date Bar.

"Whoa, these are good."

I really enjoy these tasty little morsels. They have the consistency of a cake-like brownie and yet the taste is all about the sweetness of dates, combined with the spicy goodness of cinnamon.  Of course, the coffee and Kahlua just take them over the top.

 

What’s that? You say you don’t have any Kahlua or other coffee liqueur on hand?  WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU THINKING?  Don’t you know it’s delicious in mixed drinks and all sorts of recipes? Really, you should go to the store and buy some immediately. If nothing else, your purchase may just be the very medicine to jump start our struggling economy.  And better yet, should things get any worse then at least you’ll have something to barter with.

 

In truth, you could always substitute rum or rum extract for Kahlua, or even go without and up the amount of hot coffee. However, I think you’ll find Kahlua really gives these that extra little spark.

 

Let’s Gather The Ingredients

 

We’ll need:

 

Let's gather the ingredients.

Oh, good, I've got Kahlua!

1/4 cup softened butter (1/2 stick)

3/4 cup brown sugar

3/8 cup hot brewed coffee

3 tablespoons Kahlua or other coffee liqueur

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 cups white flour

1/2 cup chopped dates

 

Preparation

 

It works well to allow the butter and egg to warm to room temperature first.  For this reason, take them out of the refrigerator an hour or so before making your bars.  If you forget, you can soften the butter by placing it in a small bowl and microwaving for about 30 seconds.

 

When your ready to mix your batter, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

 

Mixing the butter, sugar, coffee and Kahlu first.

Let's see one for the bowl and one for my coffee.

In a large bowl combine the butter, sugar, coffee, liqueur, and egg.  I used an electric egg beater for this process.

 

Next add the salt, cinnamon, baking power and soda.  Then sift in the flour a little at a time while you continue mixing with your beater.  Your batter should come out on the thick side, meaning the patterns from the mixer will continue to show for a second or so.

 

Finally, measure out and pour in your chopped dates.  Stir those in by hand.

 

I used an egg beater to mix up my batter.

The batter turns out relatively stiff. You may need to push it into the corners of the pan.

Grease an 8 x 8 pan.  I used spray on olive oil.  Now, pour in the batter and push it into all the corners.

 

Pop the pan into the oven and set your timer for 25 minutes.  When the timer goes off check for doneness with a toothpick—if the toothpick comes out clean your done.  However, if you prefer your bars to be a little gooier then by all means don’t wait for the toothpick to be completely clean.  Cooking time in a glass 8 x 8 pan typically runs about 25-28 minutes.  Adjust as needed.

 

Simple Drizzle

 

While these goodies don’t need it, a little icing can really jazz them up.  Here’s how to make a simple drizzle icing.

 

I'm mixing up my Drizzle Icing.

Your icing may take less liquid than you think. Add a little milk and then stir well before adding more.

Combine 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or Kahlua), and about 1-1/2 teaspoons of milk (I used 1%, but any should do).  Stir it all together.  If it’s too thick and doesn’t drip off the spoon then add a touch more milk and stir again.

 

I'm dizzling icing on my bars.

Time to get arty.

Here’s your chance to get arty.  Go ahead and drizzle over the Cinnamon Coffee Date Bars in whatever pattern you like.  It can be completely random or otherwise.   I usually do this as my bars are still cooling.

 

Allow the bars to cool before serving, and then grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, sit back, and smell that wonderful fresh-baked goodness.  You’re ready now.  Take that bite.  “Yummmm!”

 

Enjoy!

 

 

If you enjoyed these treats, you may also want to check out:

Shortbread: Decadently Delicious

 

 

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