I am sharing Oma’s German spice cookie recipe with some added Ella-gance in these deliciously unique German Spice Bars. Who doesn’t love a chewy soft cookie with a cup of fresh brewed coffee? Well, I’m multi-tasking and adding the coffee to the cookie mix. I also prefer bars to cookies and added a nice maple bacon icing, cuz come on!
This cookie is one of my favorite childhood memories. I remember Oma baking them around the holidays and slapping Opa’s greedy hand as he tried to sneak a cookie or three! She usually let him get by with one, sometimes two, but she put her wooden spoon down on the third go-around.
Traditionally these cookies have raisins added to the batter. I’m thinking raisins are a German thing because I remember them being added to many dishes, even stuffing which don’t do. Really awful! Sorry, Mom. I’m not a fan of raisins and with the addition of coffee beans and the icing, not needed. There are enough other flavors going on they will not be missed.
GERMAN SPICE BARS:
Place 3 large eggs in a large bowl and using a fork slightly beat the eggs. Add 2 cups of packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cloves, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Yes, pepper! The pepper gives it a smack of contrast balancing out the sweet.
In a medium bowl combine 2 cups flour, 1/4 cup of finely ground coffee beans, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. The coffee gives it a bit of a sandy crunch that is loaded with intense flavor.
Gradually stir into the egg mixture until blended. Press into medium baking sheet that has been lightly greased.
Bake at 375°F for 15 – 18 minutes, or a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.
MAPLE BACON ICING:
Fry up 2 slices of bacon until browned and easy to crumble when cooled. (Cook up some extra slices for garnishment if desired.) Sift 2 cups of powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Mix in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup one tablespoon at time stirring after each addition. Steam in some milk until you get the desired consistency. When you have the icing at the perfect consistency, mix in the bacon crumbles.
Cut the bars into squares adding them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with the icing. Garnish with a 1/2-inch pieces of bacon, if desired.
- 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup finely ground coffee beans
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 bacon slices, finely crumbled
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Milk, as needed
In a large bowl add the eggs, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon and pepper.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, coffee grinds, baking soda, and salt. Gradually stir into the egg mixture. Fold in the walnuts.
Press into a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375°F for 15 – 18 minutes, or a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
Sift the powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Mix in the maple syrup one tablespoon at time, stirring after each addition. Stream in some milk a little at a time until you get the desired consistency. Add the bacon crumbles.
Cut the bars into squares and drizzle with the icing.