12 Cookies of X-Mas: Fudge-Topped Chai Bars

>> Sunday, December 19, 2010

Two chai baked good recipes in one week? Indeed! Julie's Chai Tea Cakes inspired me -- for sure. So, when I had to come up with something tasty to bring to a post-run celebration, I decided to included in it two heaping tablespoonfuls of chai mix. Homemade chai mix, of course.

Don't let the tahini in this recipe scare you. It blends extremely well with the other flavors. And speaking of taste, this bar's got a lot of it. In fact, though at first it may seem somewhat usual. In like two seconds, there's an "explosion of flavor" as our friend Chris put it the other night.

If you're going for something intense, give this recipe a try!

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What you'll need . . .
  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance (or butter)
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons chai tea mix (dry)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet (or other) chocolate chips
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • chopped pecans or other nuts (optional)

Method . . .
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz an 8 x 8 inch pan with some canola oil and set aside.
  2. Cream together the Earth Balance, tahini, and brown sugar. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chai tea mix. (Note: Instructions on how to make the chai tea mix are also on this blog! But if you have a store-bought one, you can use that, too!)
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Dough should be moistened, but somewhat crumbly.
  5. Press into the 8 x 8 inch pan until flat and even. Then bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned on the edges.
  6. Allow to cool. Then add the almond milk to the chocolate chips and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Until melty.
  7. Spread chocolate over the bars and then sprinkle chopped pecans (or other nuts) on top. Let cool in the refrigerator.

Be sure to check out the rest of our 12 Cookies of X-Mas series -- Day 1 (Salted Cornmeal Sugar Cookies), Day 2 (Mexican Hot Chocolate Chippers), Day 3 (Festivus Bars), Day 4 (Julie's Chocolate Chai Tea Cakes), and Day 5 (Chocolate Chunk Oaties).

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