I think that most people who drink coffee everyday develop their habit (addiction) while in college.  I mean sure there are the few individuals who start early and like to drink a cup of coffee in the morning before high school, but for the most part, I would bet that most people who drink some form of coffee each day started the ritual in college.  Day after day of grueling studying for endless exams, learning to live on your own and managing all of the chores and responsibility that comes with that privilege, and one or two nights of late night dance parties and it’s not wonder that so many people get hooked on caffeine to help them get through the day.

Somehow, I managed to make it through four years of college, four years of dental school and a year of residency without needing or even being able to handle joining the cool club of coffee drinkers!  I would drink tea or hot chocolate just for something warm and satisfying, but I always found coffee so acidic that it would upset my stomach which made it not even worth trying to drink.  But then I got married and we received a Nespresso machine and I began drinking a latte on the weekend days.  I found that I could handle a latte and began to enjoy it so much that I have now joined the coffee drinking forces and find that I do not enjoy my morning as much without that latte.  When I make them at home, I usually just have a nonfat latte with some type of sweetener, but occasionally I like to order something special like a chai latte.  I love the warm spices of a chai latte and it almost satisfies me like a dessert!  Which is one reason I was so excited to make these Chai Spice Cookie Bars.

Chai Spice Cookie Bars {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Chai Spice Cookie Bars have the fantastic combination of cinnamon, ginger and cloves which seem to warm you from the inside out.  Those spices combined with malt powder, brown sugar and plenty of butter make for a perfect slightly crunchy cookie base.  Top that off with melted white chocolate and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon, and you have the perfect snack to go with your warm morning cup of whatever it is that you drink.

Chai Spice Cookie Bars {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Chai Spice Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 30 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp malted milk powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for decoration
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9X13" baking pan with parchment paper allowing extra parchment to overhang the edges of the pan. Grease the parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and mix to combine.
  4. Add flour, oats, malted milk powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt and mix until well combined.
  5. Press dough evenly into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 22-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Place white chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second increments until melted and smooth.
  8. Pour melted white chocolate over warm bars and spread evenly.
  9. Cool completely before cutting and serving.
  10. Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine

Chai Spice Cookie Bars {satisfymysweettooth.com}

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8 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    Love chai lattes! These cookie bars sound incredible!

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  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    Yum, these look so dense, just how I like my cookies! I recently made my cousin a “dirty chai latte” which is chai latte + shot of espresso. Chai + coffee flavors don’t sound good to me, but he liked it!
    And…I’m so glad you introduced us to the nespresso machine. 🙂

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  3. Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

    Chai tea is always my go-to coffee alternative. I love the combination of spicy and sweet flavors. I’ve never thought about turning it into a dessert though! Definitely pinning and going to have to try these out :).

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  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

    Chai spice is the best, love these cookie bars!

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  5. Luv What You Do
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

    I love chai flavored things! These look wonderful!

    Reply

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    Feb 19, 2014 @ 6:26 am

    You are correct. My coffee addiction started in college, then I graduated and worked night shift as a nurse for awhile…These bars are gorgeous!!

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  7. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife
    Feb 20, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    Mmmm, I want to face plant into this loveliness!! This would go perfectly with my daily cup of coffee!! 🙂

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  8. Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    Feb 25, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    I’ve never developed a taste for coffee, but I love the smell – and I LOVE chai tea lattes, so these are right up my alley!

    Reply

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