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Coffee Toffee Bars

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I have a problem. I’m addicted to coffee-flavored anything. Coffee caramels, coffee ice cream, tiramisu, coffee itself. So as I was browsing the Desserts category yesterday for a sweet recipe to prepare, I grabbed at the first coffee-flavored treat I could find.

They’re Coffee-Toffee Bars, submitted by nhsweetcherry back in October, and I just knew they’d be something that would satisfy my coffee urges, at least for the afternoon.

When I read the recipe, I noticed right away that they’re not unlike these Spreads that I’ve made since I was a little girl—except with those, you bake the cookie base first, then spread melted chocolate chips over the top. These Coffee Toffee Bars are more of a chunky, substantial bar. Yum!

Here’s how you make them! Verdict is down below…along with a special surprise at the end.


The ingredients. Simple, pure, perfect…except I called the baking powder BAKING SODA. Why do I do this every time?



The “coffee” in these Coffee Toffee Bars comes from this ingredient—instant coffee granules. Did you know you can add a couple of teaspoons of instant coffee to most chocolate chip cookie recipes? Just throw it into the dry ingredients and it’ll add a delightful depth of flavor.



The recipe calls for 1 to 2 cups of chocolate chips. I decided to do 1 cup of semi-sweet and 1 cup of MILK CHOCOLATE chips. I’ll let you know how that turns out.



Begin by creaming softened butter and brown sugar.



Then you grab these four ingredients: instant coffee, salt, baking powder, and…almond extract! I wondered what that flavor would do the bars, since the standard choice would normally be vanilla.

Intellesting. Velly, velly intellesting.



Then you dump all of that into the bowl…



And mix it all together. You’ll want to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure it all gets mixed together well.



After that, you dump in the flour. The recipe calls for approximately 2 1/2 cups of flour, so I decided to add the full amount in order to get a point of reference.



The result was a pretty crumbly dough; I had to really mix it in order for it to come together.



However, it turned out fine! I dumped it into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan…



And pressed it lightly into the pan.

Yes, I will be getting a new manicure, probably sometime in the year 2011.



Then I sprinkled the chocolate chips all over the pressed dough.



The recipe calls for 1 cup of chips…but UP TO 2 cups. I used about 1 3/4 cup of chips, just to see how far I could push it. ***More on this later***



Then you just pop it in the oven for about 25 minutes.



Mmmmm. It smells so, so good.



The dough isn’t a hugely rising, overly poufy thing since it doesn’t contain eggs or baking soda like the average chocolate chip cookie. But it does rise and pouf just enough to anchor the chocolate chips without completely swallowing them up.



Look at that yummy crust.



Cut the bars into squares or rectangles, depending on how many servings you’d like to squeeze out of the recipe.



Oh, yummy. How lovely!



And I’m sorry…



But I had to do this.

The devil made me do it.



THE VERDICT: These were really delicious. I definitely used too many chocolate chips, though—the chocolate overpowered the flavor of the cookie/bar below. When I make them next time, and I will make them again, I’ll use 1 cup of chocolate chips, tops. Maybe even less. You really want that cookie to shine through.

The almond extract is very interesting! It definitely comes through in the flavor of the cookie. I thought it was delicious, but if you aren’t a fan of almond flavor, I think you could easily substitute vanilla extract.

You could also sprinkle finely chopped pecans on top, before you sprinkle on the chocolate chips.

And vanilla ice cream, of course, would be a divine accompaniment!

Thank you, nhsweetcherry, for sharing such a delightful treat!

Here’s the recipe:

Coffee-Toffee Bars


And now for the fun part.

Not that Coffee Toffee Bars aren’t fun!


Today, Tasty Kitchen is giving away two (2) KitchenAid artisan stand mixers in the classic White color above. There are so many yummy dessert recipes on Tasty Kitchen, and you need one of these babies to facilitate all the baking.


To enter this giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:

“What’s the last dessert recipe you prepared?”

Did you make a chocolate cake last night?

Red velvet cupcakes last week?

Or was it that yellow Easy Bake Oven cake you made in 1974?

Just shout out the last dessert you prepared with your hot little hands (and feel free to include a link to the recipe if it’s online!) and you’re automatically entered to win a mixer.


One entry per person, please.

No entries after 11:00 pm Pacific Time Tuesday.

Winners will be selected at random and announced Wednesday morning.

Good luck!


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Comments are closed for this recipe.

Kristin on 3.7.2010

I made brownies yesterday. They are just perfect.

I used the Mmm…brownies recipe on

marthannah stevens on 3.7.2010

I am making it now! My grandma used to make it! it is the best dessert ever. sugar shock awaits. mmmmm

this is one with American measures

Chris on 3.7.2010

Peanut butter thumbprint cookies. A simple (and delicious) classic.

Karisa Zickos on 3.7.2010

I made valentine funfetti brownies by Pillsbury.

Melanie H. on 3.7.2010

Last Sunday, I made ooey gooey chocolate oatmeal bar things. I have always called them gerbils–not sure why but they are soooo yummy! Tomorrow–the best chocolate cake ever!

makintraks on 3.7.2010

The last dessert I made was chocolate chip cookies. Tomorrow I am making the best chocolate sheet cake.

Valerie on 3.6.2010

I made Chocolate Chip Cookies, last week!

Beth Catron on 3.6.2010

I made a carrot cake (duncan hines decadent carrot cake mix) with bits of carrots and raisins (included in the mix) as well as crushed pineapple and 2 cups pistachio pudding to make it ultra moist and a bit nutty topped with cream cheese frosting.

Martha B on 3.6.2010

I made Rice Krispies treats. I always think of the commercial where the mom tries to convince her family she worked really hard by dusting her face with flour. LOL, It doesn’t take much to entertain me. I always zap mine in the microwave when I get ready to eat so that it is soft and gooey.

Lianne on 3.6.2010

Homemade brownies! I’ve learned that once you start making things from scratch, they just taste 1000x better! whoa.

Susan on 3.6.2010

I made Fudge this week. TWICE. (It was a rough week.)

Heidi on 3.6.2010

The best brownies!

EMCSquare on 3.5.2010

Cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday, with Magnolia’s Bakery frosting. Too hot pink for my taste, but a huge hit!

Jing on 3.5.2010

Blueberry pancakes with whipped cream!

Ginger in Texas on 3.5.2010

Can’t find where the winners were posted

Holly on 3.5.2010

I made a birthday cake for my mom. It was really fun i covered it in fondant!

Samantha on 3.5.2010

A friend and I attempted to make a birthday cake for another friend of ours. Used good ol’ Betty Crocker cake mix in a square pan and it worked great, until I tried to take the cake out of the pan. Crumbled and destroyed. So then we make rainbow chip cupcakes with rainbow chip icing. Always a winner. :)

Krista on 3.5.2010

I made chocolate chip cookie pie…Oh My. It was AMAZING. And, of course, I love Bakerella.

Karen G. on 3.5.2010

Chocolate cake! It was good!

Lori on 3.5.2010

who won this one I have never seen the post?

Barbara on 3.5.2010

Bacardi Rum cake, for Hubby’s birthday yesterday.

Becky on 3.5.2010

Have the winners been announced yet?

Oh, and triple layer fudge cake.

Kathy on 3.5.2010

My Grandmother’s caramel frosting on the Silver Palate’s yellow cake. YUM!

Heather Babione on 3.5.2010

I made a birthday cake for my darling daughter Abigail Rose who turned 3 years old this year.

Jacki on 3.5.2010

I last made strawberry cupcakes with vanilla icing for my grandpa.

andrea on 3.5.2010

rice krispy bars. fancy, i know….

Brittney on 3.5.2010

Made chocolate chip banana bread Tuesday night and ate most of it while watching “Lost”!

Abby Bess on 3.5.2010

toffeee chocolate chip oatmeal cookies :)

Tara on 3.5.2010

besides baking cookies which I do all the time– I attempted to make lemon cupcakes with earl grey buttercream icing, but the icing didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to. Sounds good though huh!?!

ashley on 3.5.2010

an oreo cheesecake. it was heavenly.

marcy on 3.5.2010

PW cinnamon rolls last Saturday!!! Gone by Sunday morn…

Sorta Southern Single Mom on 3.5.2010

I’ve got this in the oven now. If the batter is any inclination, I’m in for a divine treat!

Carron on 3.5.2010

I made peach cobbler using the recipe from the Pioneer Woman cookbook… it’s become an addiction in my house to have some sort of cobbler

Suzie on 3.5.2010

It was a pineapple upside down cake that came from the good old “Better Homes and Gardens” Cookbook… darned tasty too.

Anita on 3.5.2010

Made scrumptious lemon bars last weekend for my scrumptious husband.

Melissa on 3.5.2010

Hot fudge cake…quick and simple for unexpected company (with a pack of young boys!).
Yesterday I made bread and the flour over flow was just too much to bare. This girl NEEDS an aritisan! PLEASE!

Janie on 3.5.2010

I made cinnamon chocolate fudge with dusting of salt for my friend who is recently in a wheelchair after surgery.

Susanne on 3.5.2010

YOUR cake pops! Red velvet. Delicious!!

Mary Lehane on 3.5.2010

Key Lime Pie made with a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream – luscious.

Angela on 3.5.2010

the last thing i made was cheesecake cupcakes!! with a lemon blueberry topping :)

tara on 3.5.2010

made chocolate chip banana bread just last week. yummy!

Lauren on 3.5.2010

I made strawberry cake with vanilla frosting and strawberry syrupy-ish decorative icing. I made it in a heart shaped pan about 2 weeks ago. I’ve been living off oreos since, waiting for my next opputunity to make it again!

Jennymomtofive on 3.5.2010

I made Chocolate Motlen Lava Cakes. We had 3 birthdays last week, so we are caked out. Now, those Coffee Toffee bars look good.

BTW, I would LOVE to win the mixer. I have wanted one since I started baking in with my moms hand mixer. I lust after Kitchen Aide. It’s a sickness, I know.

Traci Hamilton on 3.5.2010

The last dessert I made was pumpkin cheesecake, mmmmmm.

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jujabbo on 3.5.2010

This is Thursday…have the winners been posted anywhere??? I keep looking…keep hoping:)

Joyce on 3.5.2010

I made turtle bars, so tasty!

Elizabeth on 3.5.2010

I made these with half butter and half margarine and 2 tbsp of instant coffee. Next time I’ll use chocolate-covered toffee chips instead of the chocolate chips and add some chopped almonds. And they are definitely getting better with age. Yum!

Deborah Buckingham on 3.5.2010

Caramel Popcorn

Susan on 3.5.2010

My sons’ favorite brownies so I could take them to my boys.

sarah on 3.5.2010

Russian tea cakes . . . and just ate the last one!