If you like coffee, then you will love these rich and sophisticated glazed coffee blondies. They’re delicious!
I was really excited to see that I was given Kate’s blog, Kitchen Trial and Error, for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. Kate lives in New York with her family–including two adorable little boys–and she’s always cooking up something new in her kitchen. I’ve long admired Kate’s blog for her lovely photographs and creative, challenging recipes, and was thrilled to get to make something from it! She’s been blogging since 2010 so there were lots of recipes to choose from, and I was quickly overwhelmed [does that ever happen to other SRCers? There’s just so many options!]. So I turned to my Pinterest boards, and found four of her dishes that I wanted to make–Quinoa Cakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches Cookies, Fish in Crazy Water, and what I ultimately chose… Coffee Blondies.
Kate first made them to fulfill a craving for a flavorful, non-chocolatey dessert. And seriously? These blondies are the perfect way to do so! They’re rich and chewy, and taste like something out of a fancy bakery. Since this recipe uses coffee grounds [and not just brewed coffee], the coffee flavor is very prominent but really isn’t too overwhelming–similar to coffee ice cream.
The topping of these blondies is my favorite part, I think! I hardly ever make glazes for things, and truthfully almost just sprinkled powdered sugar on top of the blondies. But then at the last second, I changed my mind. Before I put the blondies in the oven I threw a handful of sliced almonds on top, per the recipe, and then after the blondies were cool, glazed them with a simple powdered sugar glaze. After the glaze hardened, I took one bite and was just overwhelmed by how delicious these blondies are! The almonds and glaze give them a nice crunchy, sugary bite that pairs perfectly with coffee… almost like almond flavored coffee. These blondies are perfect with a refreshing glass of milk, and I bet they’d be awesome with a nice cup of coffee for a double caffeinated treat! Thanks, Kate, for a great recipe!
one year ago: Pineapple Cream Pie
two years ago: Grandma’s Blueberry Muffins
three years ago: Linda’s Caramel Ritz Bits Crackers
from Kitchen Trial and Error
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
- pinch salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2-4 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8×8 or 9×9 square baking pan with parchment paper. Spray any exposed sides with cooking spray if you don’t overlap.
In a large bowl, whisk melted butter, brown sugar, coffee, and salt. Add egg and vanilla; whisk to combine. Slowly stir in the flour and baking powder, then spoon evenly into prepared pan. Top with almonds–as few or as many as desired, then bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan before icing.
To make icing, whisk together 1/4 cup powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon water. Add more powdered sugar to make it thicker or more water to make it thinner. I liked it with a generous 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Ice blondies, then put in the fridge for a bit to harden. Cut into bars when icing is dry.
Be sure to check out what else was whipped up for SRC this month below:
54 thoughts on “SRC: Coffee Blondies”
Oh yum! I’m always looking for new recipes, so thanks for sharing!
Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest
thank you, chloe!
I’m not surprised at all that you chose these. They look incredible! I really need to get more blondies in my life. Haven’t made them in forever.
before these, i hadn’t either!
These sound so delicious … I love just about anything coffee!!
So I had to come back and tell you I read your comment on Jessie’s SRC post from last month where you said that your mom, I believe, loves anything lowcountry … and thought you might be interested in our 2 other very lowcountry recipes!
Lowcountry Fish Stew: http://thesaturdayeveningpot.com/2012/01/lowcountry-fish-stew-gullah-cuisine.html
Lowcountry Boil (also known as Frogmore or Beaufort Stew!): http://thesaturdayeveningpot.com/2012/01/frogmore-stew-also-known-as-beaufort.html
Oh, and the Charleston Omelet too!: http://thesaturdayeveningpot.com/2011/04/charleston-omelet.html
Also we lived in Bluffton for a while, which is just outside of Hilton Head! I hope you get to visit there sometime. Super nice, beautiful place! But until then, you can enjoy some of these recipes and “visit” through eating. 😉
Hmm … I just tried leaving another comment about your comment on Jessie’s blog about your mom loving the lowcountry, but it looks like it did not publish. Maybe will try again in a bit.
Well, there it is. Maybe it’s because I had included links in it to some recipes … I bet it went to spam. Sorry about that! 😦 I just thought you might like to check out a couple of our other lowcountry recipes.
yes, i saw them!! because of spam i have comments with links in them automatically go into moderation. i will definitely have to check those recipes out. thanks for thinking of me 🙂
thank you! so do i 🙂
Oh yummy! I love this idea and what better way to use coffee!