Coffee Cake Bars

September 25, 2018


Raise your hand if you love coffee cake {I'm raising both my hands}!  Lately I've been making all of my cookies in bar shape because holy Toledo it's just so easy and you can't mess it up.  


Do you ever have issues with cookies being flat?  It happens right.  Bye bye flat cookies, hello cookie bars.  They are perfect every time.  Dump everything in a baking pan, cook, cut and eat.  



For these coffee cake bars I take half of that delectable brown sugar crumb topping and gently fold it into the batter and then the other half gets sprinkled on top.  


The result is each and every bite is filled with buttery, cinnamon-y, brown sugary crumbs.  I think it's a nice fall treat as the weather starts to change and you want that cozy comfy dessert.  


Have I mentioned yet how moist these are?




I think my favorite thing to do with this dessert is get all snuggly on the couch with a chick flick.  Some of my favorites that I can literally watch on repeat are {I know, 20% are Christmas themed}:

  1. It's Complicated

  2. Pretty Woman

  3. The Holiday

  4. ALL Bridget Jones' Diary Movies

  5. Last Holiday

Plus so many more because I love movies!



Speaking of Christmas, you can bring these to a holiday party or serve them for any holiday!  But be prepared -- they will get gobbled up so fast.  They should come with a warning label, "caution, totally addicting and one will never be enough so embrace it sweet heart".



Keeping with true coffee cakery these coffee cake bars have sour cream in them.  Sour cream makes everything better.  I love the moistness it offers baked goods and it just adds something special to it.



My mom used to make coffee cake when I was a kid and it was my most favorite dessert.  I just loved all the cinnamon and sugar goodness, especially the crumb topping, it was all about that chunky crumb topping.



I won't even tell you how fast these disappeared from the cookie jar.  I may or may not have had my fair share {but who's counting}.



1/2 c butter

1/2 c sour cream

1/2 white sugar

1 egg

1 3/4 c flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla


crumb streusel

2/3 c flour

1/4 c butter

1/3 c brown sugar

1 1/4 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt



Preheat oven to 350.


Beat the butter and sugar together for 3 minutes on high speed.  Add the eggs, beat together until combined.  Add the sour cream and mix.  Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix, just until combined.


In a separate bowl combine all of the crumb streusel ingredients using your fingers or a fork to mix.  Use your hands to form large clumps.  Add half of the streusel to the cookie bar batter, fold it in very gently using a spoon.  Don't vigorously stir, you want to keep large chunks of streusel in tact.  


Line a square baking pan with parchment paper, two pieces so then entire pan is covered.  Add the batter to the pan, spreading it out with your fingers until there is even coverage.  Grab the rest of the streusel and crumble it over top.


Bake for 18-22 minutes.  Cool the pan on a wire rack.  Once they are cooled, lift up on the parchment paper and cut into squares!




-- Tara



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Thanks for stopping by.  I'm Tara.  Food fan, avid crafter and pizza lover extraordinaire.  I'm a wife and a mom of two kids.  

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