The Pioneer Woman Tasty Kitchen
Profile photo of Ree | The Pioneer Woman

Coffee Toffee Bars

Posted by in Baking, Step-by-Step Recipes

WINNERS – Here are the winners of the KitchenAid mixers:

Jamie M.“We made Cookie Salad last night with girl scout cookies, it was delish!”

Kimberly“We wanted something fruity and spring-like, even though it was February. I had 3 kinds of berries in the freezer, along with some rhubarb–and combined a few recipes to make a delicious rhuberry crisp!”

Congratulations, winners! Contact [email protected] to claim your loot.

Thank you, everyone, for sharing your most recent desserts.

More fun giveaways next week – see you then!


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!


Contest sponsored by Tasty Kitchen, with cooperation from CHEFS Catalog.


Comments are closed for this recipe.

Nikki on 3.2.2010

Homemade Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies…YUM!

Kristin on 3.2.2010

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies by Sugar Plum ( – to die for!

Claire Suzanne on 3.2.2010

I made a chocolate cake in a crock pot with my future Mother-In-Law this weekend. It was delicious and so moist!

ashley on 3.2.2010

cinnamon rolls, and if those don’t count as dessert, then a peanut butter banana pie. yum!!

Norma on 3.2.2010

I just made this last weekend homemade glazed doughnuts yuuuuummm

Dw on 3.2.2010

This is sad that I am admitting this but the last desert was No Bake cookies. They are gluten free and super easy. Plus my toddler loves them.

KatrinaCE on 3.2.2010

I made box-mix brownies in my mini-muffin tin about two months ago, and a roll of oatmeal cookie dough to keep in the fridge so I could have oatmeal for breakfast last week. Healthy, right?

Julie V. on 3.2.2010

lemon bars

Charlynne on 3.2.2010

I made flan for a friend’s baby shower last weekend. Next up is chocolate bread pudding!

Profile photo of mermer

mermer on 3.2.2010

I had a party this weekend and baked smittenkitchen’s peanut butter brownies. They were a hit!

Tiernan on 3.2.2010

Toffee over the hollidays!

Hilary on 3.2.2010

I made apple crisp last night using the recipe from your cookbook for peach crisp – just used apples, since all the peaches around here are from Chile!
Thank you for all these generous and fun giveaways!

sue on 3.2.2010

Chocolate chip cookies. Going to make a chocolate sheet cake tomorrow to share with friends.

Amanda Smith on 3.2.2010

We went with a classic…chocolate chip cookies

Lauren on 3.2.2010

Does buying a pint of Ben and Jerry’s count?

Cheryl Ford on 3.2.2010

Your yummy chocolate sheet cake for my son’s winter formal dinner!

Profile photo of licutie314

licutie314 on 3.2.2010

I can’t even remember the last thing I made but today I am making your Mocha Brownies! Yum!

Effie on 3.2.2010

The last dessert that I made would have been the chocolate peanut butter cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting that Bakerella has up on her website… suffice to say that I’ve been in a sugar-induced coma for awhile :)

Chelsea Greene on 3.2.2010

gingersnaps! a friend’s family recipe… and one of my favorites!

Sarah Garrett on 3.2.2010

I made rice pudding from smitten kitchen! It was delicous! I will have some tonight!!!!

autumn on 3.2.2010

gluten-free chocolate almond cookies! i love that almond extract too…

Maria on 3.2.2010

I just made a Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake-it is AMAZING! A new favorite. Here is the recipe everyone:


CarolineB on 3.2.2010

Brownies with a coconut, toasted almond icing!

vanou on 3.2.2010

I made Whoopie Pie with Salted Caramel frosting for a friend a work, it was a total success!

uma on 3.2.2010

I made a lemon bread/cake thing over the weekend and it has doubled as breakfast and dessert for the past three days. ;)

Profile photo of mommablom

mommablom on 3.2.2010

It was a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge icing, SO rich but the hubby likes it that way!

jennifromtheblock on 3.2.2010

Brownies from a box with my 12 year old. She loved it. I loved the batter.

Annie on 3.2.2010

I made cupcakes flavored with Grand Marnier – and a dark chocolate fudge frosting!

Jenn from B-More on 3.2.2010

Red Velvet Cake Balls – YUM!

Blair on 3.2.2010

Last “dessert” I made was the Lemon & Thyme little “oil” cakes from Tasty Kitchen! I made them last Friday night for my mother’s birthday brunch (which was on Saturday) instead of having a big, heavy cake at the end & they were PERFECT.

Kelli on 3.2.2010

The easy peanut butter cookies that have been going around on Facebook. Not bad. need to try something else soon though. I like variety.

Profile photo of beachchef

beachchef on 3.2.2010

I made Peanut Butter Blossoms on Sunday… a friend had surgery and I took Chicken Spaghetti and cookies over for the family.

Sarah on 3.2.2010

I made banana bread this weekend. Quick and easy and so delicious!

Aparna on 3.2.2010

Homemade cnnamon rolls! OK so really they were dessert…and breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. But still. They were delicious!

Profile photo of dragonflykitchen

dragonflykitchen on 3.2.2010

i made chocolate creme brulee this past weekend!

Melanie on 3.2.2010

Ooo well since we are in the process of eating healthy to prepare for our wedding, our dessert intake has been low. However, I did make profiteroles not long ago with Haagen Dazs ice cream in the middle…swoon!

Sarah on 3.2.2010

Chocolate Mug Cake last week.

Profile photo of laurs826

laurs826 on 3.2.2010

Coffee Ice Cream. YUM!!!!!

Tomie on 3.2.2010

I made Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls….and yes I shared the wealth….I can’t wait to make another batch!!!! Although actually I think these could also fall under the breakfast category, snacks, appetizers…….

Courtney on 3.2.2010

I made chocolate chip cookies & cocoa brownies for valentines day treats.

Shari on 3.2.2010

Chocolate chip cookies!!!

Martwork on 3.2.2010

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake for my son’s 16th birthday. Made it on Saturday and it was gone in a flash!

wendy on 3.2.2010

Tried making Hamantaschen (Purim cookies) Saturday to take to church Sunday to go with the lesson on Esther. Did not go well. My daughter has permission to slap my hands if I ever try to do a rolled cookie recipe again!

Kelsey Pope on 3.2.2010

Pork, Beans & Apple Pie!! It was inbetween a dessert and a meal, but totally sweet and savory. Delicious!

Profile photo of annabanana

annabanana on 3.2.2010

Cherry topped flourless chocolate cake!!

Jenna on 3.2.2010

I made Momofuku Compost cookies on Sunday!

Rachael on 3.2.2010

I made lemon-poppyseed muffins last week

Nathan R. on 3.2.2010

We made a yummy Flan the other night, so creamy and delish.

Melissa on 3.2.2010

I made a blueberry crisp and served it with lemon ice cream.

Profile photo of Rox

Rox on 3.2.2010

Home-made strawberries and cream ice cream. :)