Coffee Blondies — Father’s Day for a Coffee Lover

by Dorothy Reinhold on June 20, 2020

Print This Post Print This Post Coffee Blondies: A little naughty and a lot delicious, these are for the coffee-craving family and friends in your life. Even beginning bakers can make this easy bar cookie recipe.

Coffee Blondies — rich, chewy, almost fudgy, with a prominent coffee flavor and a few tiny chocolate bits to add interest– will make coffee lovers swoon.

(This post was first published June 2011, and has been updated and republished today.)

My husband (the professor) – the father of my darling children – loves coffee. No, make that love love loves it. He craves it in the morning, late afternoon and if he grabs a sweet, he invariably wants coffee to wash it down.Andrew Shaner

I don’t drink hot coffee, so the allure of the bitter beverage is a mystery to me, but if there were a coffee club, he would join and want to be president.

So for Father’s Day, I will make him these very delicious Coffee Blondies. They’re rich and chewy, almost fudgy, with a prominent coffee flavor, and a few tiny chocolate bits to add interest. They’re a little naughty and a lot delicious, and so easy that even beginning bakers can have success with this easy recipe.

These bar cookies are for the coffee-craving family and friends in your life. Or even those who might think they don’t like coffee. I actually love them, too. Maybe I just need some sugar in my coffee to convert me!

Katie and Nick ReinholdThe darling children…perhaps the reason he needs so much coffee?

You probably have everything in the pantry to make these right now, without a trip to the store. That’s always a plus in my book.

4 Coffee Blondies on a white background on

Happy Father’s Day!

Coffee Blondies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Makes 20 bars (or 12 bars if you want to indulge)

Coffee Blondies

Coffee Blondies -- rich, chewy, almost fudgy, with a prominent coffee flavor and a few tiny chocolate bits to add interest-- will make coffee lovers swoon.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract (yes, tablespoons!)
  • 3/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate bits


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray, and then line the bottom with parchment. Set pan aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan on the stove, melt butter and brown sugar together. In a small dish or cup, dissolve the coffee powder in the hot water and then stir it into the butter mixture. Remove saucepan from heat and let mixture cool to room temperature. When cooled, beat in the eggs and vanilla with a hand mixer. (If you add the eggs while the mixture is hot, you risk scrambling the eggs!)
  4. Pour this over the flour mixture and mix until just blended. Stir in chocolate bits. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from oven and cool. Cut into squares when completely cooled.
  5. Makes 20 bars (or 12 bars if you want to indulge).


Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious

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Andrew Shaner explains how atoms operateThe professor explains to the kids (circa 2011) how atoms operate. Another typical day here!






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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Brian Jones June 12, 2017 at 10:22 pm

They look wonderful, totally digging the coffee vibe… No matter how warm it is I need a steaming cup of coffee a few times a day!


patricia @ grab a plate June 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm

I’m with your husband: coffee me, please! These blondies look and sound scrumptious! Great family pix, too 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold June 13, 2017 at 8:42 am

That would make a great t-shirt….”coffee me, please” 🙂


Erin @ The Speckled Palate June 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

What a delicious sweet treat for dad! Love this!


Amanda | The Chunky Chef June 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Such a great flavorful dessert!


cookilicious June 12, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Happy Fathers day..nice to see a slice of your life here. Fathers are special indeed and hence they need such special desserts. Nice recipe and well written.


Dorothy Reinhold June 12, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Thank you!


Teri June 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

What a delicious recipe! They look so moist.


Renee - Kudos Kitchen June 15, 2016 at 6:26 am

Love seeing all the family pictures and the darling children. I’ve lost my taste for coffee over the past few years, but I do enjoy the flavor in baked goods. Especially chocolate things. I know I would love the coffee blondies.


Debra A Attinella June 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

I love coffee also so these brownies are calling my name!


Dorothy Reinhold June 14, 2016 at 8:02 am

I can hear them: “Debra…Debra…turn on the oven.”


Meg @ With Salt and Wit June 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

A coffee lovers dream is what you made!


Dorothy Reinhold June 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

Call me an enabler. 🙂


Amanda | The Chunky Chef June 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Whoa… this is like the ultimate blondie!!!


Dorothy Reinhold June 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm

It truly is. 🙂


Sarah @ Champagne Tastes June 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm

whaaaaat… a coffee brownie?!?! That’s BRILLIANT! Plus it sounds so much better than a regular blondie. Yum!


Dorothy Reinhold June 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm

It pretty much IS better than a regular blondie, don’t mind if I say say meself!


Manju | Cooking Curries June 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

I am a coffee lover too and those look delicious!!


Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy June 13, 2016 at 3:02 pm

You just made another coffee addict happy with this recipe! I’m just like your husband… people at home are afraid to talk to me in the mornings before I’ve got my coffee in me.


AiPing | Curious Nut June 13, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Happy father’s day to your hubs. I bet he’s over the moon over these blondies. I know I would if I love coffee as much as he does. :p


Lisa | Garlic + Zest June 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

I’m with your husband — love, love, love coffee! We make a large pot every morning and drink it strong and black! These coffee blondies are singing to me!


Krista June 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Well these will be our dessert for the week! Yum!


Beth June 13, 2016 at 2:07 pm

My husband (not a dad yet though) LOVES coffee too! I can see us making these!


Dorothy Reinhold June 13, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Paternity not required for these, I promise. 🙂


Wendy June 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

Thanks for linking up to Turning the Table Thursday. Would love to have you link up anytime! Love your food and following you now.

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