Sunday, June 01, 2014

Cinnamon Espresso Bars

This is a quick and easy bar recipe with a nice espresso flavor. They are enjoyed by coffee lovers and non-coffee drinkers alike. They are soft and cake-like with a sweet drizzle and are very easy to make, cut, store, and transport. 
Cinnamon Espresso Bars
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup butter or hard margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour
1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee (dry)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup water
1 cup icing sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 to 5 teaspoons cold espresso coffee or strong coffee

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a 9x13 inch rectangular baking pan. 
BARS: In a large bowl, beat brown sugar, butter and egg. Stir in remaining bar ingredients. Spread evenly in prepared pan.
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until top springs back when touched in center.

GLAZE: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix all glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over bars while warm. 

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