Monday, December 06, 2010

Buttermilk Cinnamon Bars

I made these last week for my office and am happy to report that all but two squares were eaten by the time I brought the pan home. Now. I made a mistake when I made it. I had put out the extra butter for the icing so it could soften, so I could make the icing while the bars cooked. But I was bustling around and did not realize that I had tossed in that extra butter into the batter. OOPS. To balance out nutritional value, I skipped the icing. Sorry, office. But the extra butter made the bars super fluffy and rich. So it wasn't the way I'd make it if I made it again, but it wasn't a disaster either. But they are very yummy! I really love these cinnamon chips.

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Buttermilk Cinnamon Bars
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For The Bars
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup dry buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

For The Frosting
5 Tbsp butter, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. In a large mixing bowl, add the sugars, flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, dry buttermilk, softened butter, egg, water and vanilla. Mix for 30 seconds on low - scrape the bowl from the bottom up. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Fold in coconut and cinnamon chips.

3. Scoop batter into a 9 x 13" baking dish coated with nonstick spray. Bake until the center springs back when lightly touched in the center or a toothpick comes out mostly clean when placed near the center - about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

4. In large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla and enough milk until the mixture is smooth - continue beating on low until creamy. Scoop onto the cooled bars and use an off-set spatula to spread evenly over the bars.

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