Do you love coffee? Do you love sweets? Then this Easy Coffee Squares Recipe is the perfect treat for you! These coffee bars will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also your caffeine cravings. Trust me, as a barista, I know what makes a great cup of coffee and I’ve used that knowledge to create these irresistible squares.
As we all know, coffee is a staple in today’s culture. We drink it in the morning to wake up and at night for a boost of energy. But why stop there? What if we could enjoy our favorite beverage in ways other than just sipping it from a mug? That’s where this recipe comes in.
These coffee bars are easy to make with ingredients commonly found in your pantry such as flour, brown sugar, eggs, and of course, strong black coffee! They’re soft and chewy with a subtle hint of cinnamon and vanilla that pairs perfectly with the bold taste of the brewed coffee. And let’s not forget about the chocolate chips scattered throughout; because who doesn’t love chocolate?
Furthermore, this recipe can be customized to fit anyone’s taste preferences. You can add in nuts or raisins or even swap out the chocolate chips for toffee bits. The possibilities are endless! Plus, these squares can be easily stored and reheated for on-the-go snacking or served at a party as a unique dessert option.
So why not give this Easy Coffee Squares Recipe a try? It’s simple yet satisfying, and will definitely impress your friends and family. And who knows, this might just become your new favorite way to enjoy coffee outside of a mug!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Coffee lovers, rejoice! This recipe is a dream come true for all those who love the bold flavor of coffee infused into their treats. With easy-to-find ingredients and a quick recipe, these Coffee Squares are the perfect treat to whip up in a pinch.
The combination of strong black coffee and vanilla creates a rich and robust flavor that blends wonderfully with the sweetness of brown sugar and chocolate chips. The added hint of cinnamon adds a touch of warmth and spice to the mix, making these squares the perfect cozy treat for cold winter days.
If you’re a fan of indulgent desserts but don’t have hours on end to perfect them, this recipe is for you. It’s fuss-free and requires minimal effort, allowing you to get your much-needed caffeine fix quickly. These squares are also versatile, easily adapted with different toppings and flavors to suit any occasion or preference.
But perhaps what sets these Coffee Squares apart from other dessert options is their unique yet simple taste – it’s a combination that will leave you wanting more! So go ahead, try out this recipe and prepare to be pleasantly surprised by how deliciously easy it is.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup hot strong black coffee (brewed)
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Note: Make sure that you have all of the ingredients in front of you before starting to measure them out.
The Recipe How-To
Now it’s time to make the Easy Coffee Squares Recipe come to life. Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step 1: Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. In a small bowl or ramekin, whisk together 1 tablespoon of instant coffee with 2 tablespoons of hot water until dissolved. Add the coffee mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
Step 3: Prepare Wet Ingredients
In another mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup of unsalted butter softened, 2 and ¾ cups of packed brown sugar, and 2 large eggs until light and fluffy. Add in the cooled coffee mixture along with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix again.
Step 4: Combine Wet and Dry ingredients
Gradually mix in the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
Step 5: Fold in Chocolate Chips
Fold in a whole bag of chocolate chips (2 cups) into the batter, making sure they are evenly distributed throughout.
Step 6: Bake The Bars
Spread the mixture evenly into your greased baking dish. Sprinkle with extra cinnamon if desired. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown at the edges.
Step 7: Let Cool & Slice
Allow the Coffee Squares to cool completely then slice them into bars or squares. Enjoy with a strong cup of coffee!
There you have it! Follow these simple steps and you’ll have delicious Coffee Squares ready to enjoy in under an hour!
Substitutions and Variations
Looking to switch things up? This section is for you. If you’re feeling creative, or if you want to tailor this recipe more to your tastes or dietary needs, keep reading.
First off, let’s talk about eggs. Eggs are a crucial ingredient in any baking recipe as they provide structure and act as a binder. But don’t worry, there are options for those who are allergic to eggs or follow a vegan diet. You can use flaxseed meal, mashed bananas, applesauce, or even silken tofu as an egg substitute. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor of your coffee squares may differ depending on which substitute you choose.
If you’re a fan of nuts, feel free to sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts on top of your coffee squares before baking them. Adding raisins can also be a good option if you like dried fruit in your dessert.
For those who love chocolate, try adding some chocolate chips to the batter for an extra burst of decadence or making a chocolate streusel topping instead of the regular one we offer. Another variation would be replacing the cinnamon with instant coffee granules for an easy coffee-toffee bar recipe.
If you prefer a less sweet dessert, reduce the amount of brown sugar called for in the recipe by half or use old fashioned oats rather than flour making it into an oat base dessert option.
Finally, for those looking for a gluten-free option, replace the all-purpose flour with almond flour or rice flour (or any gluten-free flour mix of your choice) but keep in mind that the texture might change slightly.
You have plenty of substitutions and variations to choose from here to satisfy any taste buds. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make it your own!
Serving and Pairing
These Coffee Squares are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or a sweet treat after dinner. Pair them with a hot cup of strong black coffee to bring out the coffee flavor in the squares.
These squares can also be served alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent dessert. The subtle hints of cinnamon and vanilla in the squares will balance well with the creaminess of the ice cream.
For a more adult pairing, serve these squares with a glass of red wine. The bitterness of the wine will complement the sweetness of the squares and bring out the chocolate flavors from the chocolate chips.
If you have leftover squares, they make an excellent addition to breakfast. Toast them lightly and serve with butter and jam. Alternatively, you can even chop them up and add them to your favorite granola or yogurt bowl for some added texture and sweetness.
No matter how you choose to serve these Coffee Squares, they are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Once you’ve baked up these scrumptious coffee squares, you’ll want to know how best to store and reheat them for their maximum deliciousness. The good news is that these squares are easy to make ahead, store and reheat, without sacrificing any of their flavor.
Make-Ahead: One of the great things about this coffee squares recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. So, if you’re planning on serving these for a special occasion or event, you can bake them up to two days in advance. Once the squares have cooled down completely, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Storing: If you have any leftover coffee squares, or if you want to make a big batch of them and enjoy them throughout the week, then storing them properly is key. You can keep these squares at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Alternatively, if you want to extend their shelf life even further, then store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Reheating: To get the most out of your reheated coffee squares, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the leftover or refrigerated squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them for about 10-15 minutes or until they’re warmed through and crispy again.
With these simple make-ahead, storing and reheating tips in mind, you’re ready to indulge in these heavenly coffee squares at any time of day. So go ahead and whip up a batch or two today!
Tips for Perfect Results
As a barista, I have learned a few tricks of the trade when it comes to making delicious coffee squares. Here are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results every time:
First and foremost, remember to always use fresh ingredients. This means using fresh eggs, unexpired baking soda and baking powder, and a good-quality vanilla extract. If any of your ingredients have expired or gone bad, it can affect the texture and taste of your coffee squares.
Additionally, make sure to measure your ingredients accurately. Use measuring cups and spoons instead of eyeballing it to ensure that your ratios are correct. This is especially important when it comes to flour as too much or too little can drastically alter the final product.
When combining your wet and dry ingredients, mix everything together gently. Overmixing can lead to tough coffee squares that won’t rise properly.
To create an extra depth of flavor, consider using instant coffee granules in addition to the brewed coffee called for in the recipe. This will give your coffee squares a strong, robust coffee flavor that pairs perfectly with chocolate chips or raisins.
Lastly, know your oven. Each oven is different and may cook at varying temperatures. Invest in an oven thermometer to ensure that your temperature is accurate so that you know exactly how long it will take for your coffee squares to bake.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to make perfectly fluffy and flavorful coffee squares every time!
In conclusion, this easy coffee squares recipe will become your go-to treat to indulge in when you need a pick-me-up. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, you’ll be able to whip up a batch in no time. Plus, with the ability to substitute various ingredients and customize the recipe to your liking, you can make it your own personalized treat.
Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also versatile. You can enjoy it for breakfast, dessert, or just as a snack between meals. The warm aroma of coffee combined with the sweetness of brown sugar and chocolate chips truly creates a decadent experience.
Lastly, if you want an extra crunch or flavor, feel free to add in some raisins or make a streusel topping. There are endless possibilities with this recipe.
So why not give this simple yet scrumptious coffee squares recipe a try? It’s sure to impress your taste buds and become a staple at your coffee bar.
Easy Coffee Squares Recipe
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (can use 2 teaspoons)
- 1 cup strong black coffee
- 12 ounces chocolate chips (or to taste)
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a large cookie sheet.
- In a bowl combine oil, sugar and eggs, beat until well combined.
- In another bowl, combine dry ingredients, except chocolate chips, then add to the oil/sugar mixture; mix well.
- Add the vanilla and coffee; mix until combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spread on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 35 minutes or until bars tests done.
- Cool and cut into squares.
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.