Irish Cream-Coffee Bars

Honorable Mention - Contest Recipe 2009! Special occasion? Make deliciously decadent bars with liqueur, coffee and a foolproof sugar cookie mix.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 35 min
  • Servings 25

Bars

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1/2
cup chopped pecans
1/2
cup cold butter
1
egg
1
can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
2
tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
1
teaspoon instant coffee granules or crystals

Topping

1
cup whipping cream
3
tablespoons packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon Irish cream liqueur
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/8
teaspoon ground cinnamon
25
cinnamon sticks (2 inch)

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, place cookie mix and pecans. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. With fork, stir in egg. Press half of cookie mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Reserve remaining cookie mixture.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir milk, 2 tablespoons liqueur and the coffee granules until well blended. Pour evenly over warm crust. Sprinkle reserved cookie mixture over top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Cool 30 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate 1 hour to cool completely. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into bars (5 rows by 5 rows). Store bars covered at room temperature.
  • 3 Just before serving, in small bowl, beat whipping cream, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon liqueur and the vanilla with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Top each bar with dollop of whipped cream; sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Insert cinnamon stick into each dollop of whipped cream.

Expert Tips

Hazelnuts make a good stand-in for the pecans.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
110mg
110%;
Total Carbohydrate
26g
26%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
19g
19%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.