Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Espresso Bars

Surfing the internet, looking for something quick to make for dessert, I came across a recipe for Espresso Bars on the Vanilla Sugar blog.   I did a little tweaking, just to change it up a bit, and turned the recipe into:

Chocolate Chunk Cinnamon Espresso Bars
(adapted from Vanilla Sugar)

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 TB ground espresso beans
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups 70% Dark Chocolate broken into chunks
Preheat the oven to 375 F with the rack at the middle level. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, set aside.

Line a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan with baking parchment.

Cream together the butter, brown sugar, espresso, and vanilla.

Blend in the flour mixture, until just combined, no over mixing. Stir in the chocolate by hand. The mixture will be very crumbly, with barely enough dough to hold together the chocolate chips.

Use your fingers, palms, and heels of your hands to press the dough evenly into the pan.

Bake 5 minutes, rotate the pan, and bake 10 minutes more or until the edges are just starting to brown.

Remove from oven and let cool in the pan…break into chunks and enjoy!


  1. All things I love in one lovely bar!

  2. Okay, HOLY FREAKIN YUM!!!!! I want one!

  3. Just gotta make these! They look (and the recipe sounds) irresistible ~ thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Yum! These sound like the perfect mid-day treat. Thank you for sharing your lovely bars with me. As always, you make me smile. I hope you are having a great week. I know I'm ready for Friday!

  5. Thsee sound amazing...and since they have espresso in them, they would work for breakfast. Right?! :)

  6. I love the sound of these with espresso! Nice flavors!

  7. They look great! I am a sucker for Chocolate Chunks!!

  8. Wow, these look so yummy! I don't know if I could restrain myself from eating them all