Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins
These are something a little different for a non-specific sweet craving. I made a couple of minor alterations, but the original recipe was Edwina Gadsby's submission to Home-Tested Cookie Recipes. I found that they are better a day or two after you make them.
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1⁄2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee or 2 teaspoons espresso powder, dissolved in
- 1 tablespoon hot water, and cooled to room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup toffee pieces
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease a 13x9-inch pan (I recommend cooking spray- if you use shortening, the bars may seem greasy once cooled).
- Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl; set aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars until fluffy.
- Beat eggs in one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Mix in dissolved and cooled coffee, extracts and orange zest.
- Gradually mix in flour mixture.
- Once flour is blended in, stir in chips and toffee bits.
- Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly.
- Bake 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Cool in pan on wire rack before cutting into bars.
Wow! The orange zest really makes these lovely cookie bars! Absolutely beautiful flavor and I underbaked them a bit so they would stay chewy and gooey. I cut the recipe in half and used 1/4 c white and 1/4 c milk chocolate chips. These are going in the keeper file!
My result was good and yummy but was like a cake texture wise. It was not a fudgy brownie but was nevertheless delicious. I cut back a bit on the sugar and used dark chocolate chunks. Made for ZWT 7.
These were extremely tasty! Mine did not, however, turn out like a brownie. They were kind of like cake with a crunchy toffee bottom crust. I'm not sure if I might have over "fluffed" the butter and sugars or if it might have been because I used egg beaters instead of the actual eggs. Regardless of them not turning out quite as I had expected, I rather enjoyed the crunchy bottom crust (but it was kind of hard to get out of the pan at first). My toffee was chocolate covered and I used only about 3/4 cup white chocolate because that's what I had. I used orange extract (didn't have any fresh oranges) and cut down on it (only 1/4 tsp) since one reviewer suggested that the orange overpowered the coffee flavor. These really were great though! Thanks for posting such a tasty alternative to brownies!