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Coffee Bars






1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons instant coffee crystals

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 cup white sugar

1 cup confectioners' sugar

1 egg

1 cup chopped almonds

3 cups confectioners' sugar

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract




1 Combine flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt; set these dry ingredients aside.


2 Combine milk and instant coffee in saucepan, and heat at a medium low setting. Stir until coffee dissolves, and remove from the heat.


3 In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the white sugar and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Beat in the egg, and then beat in the coffee mixture. Gradually blend in the mixture of dry ingredients, and fold in the almonds.


4 Spread dough evenly in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.


5 To Make Frosting: Put 1 cup of the confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in the evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in remaining 2 cups of confectioners' sugar. Continue beating until of desired consistency. If consistancy is too thick, add a little more milk; if it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.


6 Frost the bars with the icing.


Makes 2 - 3 dozen


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