It is the 20th of the month so it is time for the Crazy Ingredient Challenge! A blogger version of Chopped, without anyone actually getting eliminated. We pick two ingredients every month and go our separate ways to create a dish with them – anything goes. This month we have cashews and coffee. Be sure to scroll below the recipe to see what the others came up with this month.
I made these easy and quickly disappearing Cashew Mocha Cookie Bars.
I actually had a few other ideas in mind for the challenge, but we got invited to a Housewarming Party for our new next door neighbors. Which gave me the opportunity to bake something without having excess goodies lurking in the house tempting me. However, we were in the middle of a miserable heat wave (105+ for days!). The double baked biscotti idea immediately got tossed and replaced with these faster cookie bars.
The basis for the bars is a recipe from Mrs. Field’s Cookie Book, one of my favorite basic cookie books!
I made some tweaks to her recipe, but one thing I didn’t touch was the addition of coffee liqueur. I used my 3 year old homemade Kahlua. It is about time for me to make up some more to be ready for Christmas time. The recipe calls for 2 teaspoons and once you cut them into 24- 30 bars any alcohol remaining after baking is negligible. But, if you strictly avoid alcohol, just use strong coffee and maybe a pinch more sugar.
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Until next time, happy eating.