vanilla coffee fudge bars

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes,Vegan

Last weekend we celebrated not only my Dad’s birthday, but his retirement! Go Dad! A geek for all things electronic and an engineer his whole career, Dad jokes that in retirement he can take up chemical engineering – converting beer, wine and whiskey into waste water.

He also wants a chauffeur.

I made him triple layer bars in lieu of a birthday cake. I figured the occasion was deserving of something special.

The base layer is a cookie that is tasty enough to stand on it’s own, I have made cookie balls out of this dough. The middle layer is an incredibly dense and fudgy brownie, just how I like them. The brownies are also great on it’s own. The frosting. Rich, buttery, scrumtrulescent.

;)

When I looked up that link, I was happy to see the guest was someone I love, and who from now on will make me think of this friend. The video is funny, you should take a minute and watch…

Also? that frosting? Good on it’s own.

vanilla coffee fudge bars

coffee oat cookie layer

1 1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup garbanzo & fava flour
1 tablespoon Godiva French Vanilla Coffee

2 teaspoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs (flax)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup carob chips

Combine oat bran, flour, coffee, dry chia seeds, soda and salt, set aside. In a separate bowl, combine prepared flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax + 6 tablespoons warm water = 2 eggs), applesauce, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients, stir until just combined. Stir in carob chips. Press into prepared 9×13 baking dish, partially bake at 350 for 10 minutes only. Remove from oven and set aside.

Prepare brownie layer:

coffee fudge brownies

1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg (flax)
10-15 drops NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia
3/4 cup garbanzo & fava flour
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tablespoons Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chunks (Enjoy Life Mega Chunks)

Prepare flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons warm water = 1 egg) and combine with applesauce, oil and stevia. Combine flours, cocoa, coffee, soda, and salt, add to applesauce mixture. Stir in chocolate chunks. Pour over cookie base, bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

Prepare third layer, the frosting:

vanilla cashew frosting

1 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked overnight
10 drops NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia
3/4 – 1 cup powdered sugar 

Drain soaked cashews and place in food processor, reserve the soaking liquid if needed. Process cashews until crumbly, starting to go smooth. Add stevia drops, continue to process. Add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time while processing. Keep adding until desired smooth consistency is reached, adding water if needed. Frost bars when completely cool. Store in refrigerator.

These are worth the extra time – and so is my Dad. Congratulations on retirement and happy birthday, Dad! Love you!

Did you watch the video? :D What is your favorite game show?

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

 

 

{ 94 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dorry August 19, 2011 at 5:22 am

I’m drinking hot tea before work, and would really like one of these to go along with it. That bottom layer. That frosting. Mmmm. Jason and your dad are blessed to have you, my dear! And all of us, too… :) xo

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2 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:20 pm

aw, thank you sweetie. I am lucky to have both of them… and you! I especially appreciate having my dad in my life, and seeing him as much as I get to!

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3 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 19, 2011 at 5:26 am

LOL – chia seeds huh, perfect timing for me ;-) Those look amazing.

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4 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

yay! I think you’d like these, Heather! they are decadent and tasty, and almost taste healthy at the same time? :D

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5 Lisa August 19, 2011 at 5:30 am

Happy Birthday and Happy Retirement to Dad!

…and really, vanilla-coffee-fudge sounds like the recipe for happiness :)

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6 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I loved these. perfect to celebrate my dad :D

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7 mightyvegan August 19, 2011 at 5:54 am

These look amazing! I NEED one now…Happy retirement to your dad!

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8 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

thank you! he’s pretty excited – that and a birthday? a great dessert was in order!

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9 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 19, 2011 at 6:10 am

Happy Birthday & Retirement to your Dad! What an exciting time in his life. I can’t wait to retire one day :)

I love layered desserts like this — they look incredible!

(Sorry no sound on my work computer so I haven’t watched the video!)

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10 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I know, I’m excited for him too – good stuff. I was happy with how these turned out – I haven’t made many layered bars like this, it was fun!

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11 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 19, 2011 at 6:10 am

these look insanely good! and just the frosting alone…my.gawd.

and i saw your tomato balls on findingvegan when i was there submitting something a little bit ago. congrats :)

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12 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

mmm – the frosting – I love the cashews alone in the processor – it just smells buttery delicious! and thanks!! I like finding vegan :D

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13 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen August 19, 2011 at 6:15 am

So, what I really wanna know is…when are you moving in?

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14 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

AHEM – if I moved in, that package would be opened by now!! :D

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15 Kris @Krazy_Kris August 19, 2011 at 6:32 am

Oh dear.

OH DEAR!!!!!!!!!!

scrumptulicious indeed – beautiful and with flax and garbanzos – it looks like breakfast :)

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16 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

haa – it COULD be breakfast. Stanley likes them, he helped ;)

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17 Kris @Krazy_Kris August 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Stanley is SUCH a good sport – ahem – so tough hanging out with you! I’m sure he’s mourning my pb&j LOL

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18 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

we’re having fun… i’m documenting – will have a first Stanley post soon! :D

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19 brandi August 19, 2011 at 7:14 am

These look SO good! love coffee anything.

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20 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

thanks, Brandi! coffee just takes them over the top!

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21 katie @KatieDid August 19, 2011 at 7:25 am

Godiva makes coffee?! combining my two loves. These look insanely decadent, I bet they were unreal. Awesome recipe, I love that its GF too!

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22 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I know – it’s really good too, and I’m not the biggest fan of flavored coffees… you picked all of the best words to describe these – insane, decadent, unreal, awesome. ;) yep! :D

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23 Cookin' Canuck August 19, 2011 at 7:56 am

Congratulations to your dad. He must have been thrilled with these bars – they sounds amazing.

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24 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

thanks! the bars were well liked :)

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25 windycityvegan August 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

You just used one of my favorite words, scrumptrulescent. I have no choice but to make these now!

Good thing it’s my husband’s birthday, I have a believable excuse to make a double batch. =D

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26 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

oh, good – you appreciated it ;) isn’t it just the best word!? happy birthday to the husband – hope you guys love these, and have a great weekend! :D

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27 Aimee August 19, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oh my goodness! Those look and sound amazing. Mouth watering here! :)

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28 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

thanks, Aimee! they were… :D have a great weekend, friend!

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29 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit August 19, 2011 at 9:28 am

haha your Dad sounds awesome. My Dad will be retiring here in the next couple of years too. I don’t know what he’ll do to keep his time occupied, but I know he wont be one to sit around and “relax”.

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30 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Dad has always been funny, but lately even more it seems ;) my dad is the same – I can’t imagine him just chillin, he has hobbies though.

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31 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty August 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

Beautiful and tasty looking!! :) I love the idea of 3 layers of tastiness! :)

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32 Heather Eats Almond Butter August 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

Oh my goodness, these sound amazing. I bet your dad loved them, and I know your kitchen must have smelled so good while baking. Sometimes, I just like to throw cinnamon and vanilla in the oven and turn it on. Add coffee? Even better!

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33 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm

hi Heather! :) yep, the coffee smelled and tasted so good… I’m going to have to remember your cinnamon + vanilla trick as the weather gets colder this fall – I love that smell and it just sounds cozy! have a great weekend!

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34 Pure2raw Twins August 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

YUMMMMM can I please have one? I have a strong feeling that your Dad enjoyed these :) I know I would!!!

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35 spabettie August 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm

thank you! :) they were SO good. we kept a few ;)

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36 Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel August 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

between the fudge layer and the succulent cookie layer- my gosh i think ive fallen in love! these have the best combinations and i bet the most decadent chocolate savory taste! <3

xoxo

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37 Jess@HealthyExposures August 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

ohhh, mann do these look good! lately i’ve been ALL about the combo of coffee and chocolate so these certainly get my vote. Lucky Dad ;)

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38 Shirley @ gfe August 20, 2011 at 6:44 am

Congrats to your dad (tell him I’m envious … I like his new “job” aspirations, too)! These bars look absolutely sensational. I bet he was over the moon on them! My dad has long been retired, but now I’m thinking I should make some goodies (maybe flourless chocolate sparkle cookies) and take to him … especially since we’re heading out on vacation at the end of the week and parents always worry when their “kiddos” are away. ;-)

Okay, off to watch the video. I’m not a big game show person though. Jeopardy is about the extent of my tolerance. :-)

xo,
Shirley

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39 spabettie August 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I’m with ya, many game shows (especially new ones) aren’t my thing either. I do like Jeopardy though.

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40 Shirley @ gfe August 20, 2011 at 6:52 am

Oh I remember that video (funny!), but I had forgotten “scrumtrulescent.” ;-)

Shirley

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41 spabettie August 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

hee hee – glad I could remind you of the funny. such a great word! :D

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42 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 20, 2011 at 2:07 pm

These look so good and the ingredient list is so intriguing! Yum :) So creative. Thanks for the recipe!

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43 spabettie August 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

yes to unique, they are very flavorful. thank you! :)

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44 Sueson@specialeats August 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Wow, that looks so good Kristina! Happy Retirement and Birthday to your Dad!!! :)

Also, my friend Sueson is also hosting Mamma Chia give-a-way,

http://specialeatswithsuesonvess.com/2011/08/20/momma-chia-juice-drink-give-away/

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45 spabettie August 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

OMG, you just reminded me I need to pick my Mamma Chia winners. oops. Hmm, I suppose I can enter Sueson’s too – I love this stuff! :D

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46 Tres Delicious August 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Fabulous! So elegantly yummy. I must prepare all the ingredients for tonight’s celebration.

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47 spabettie August 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm

oh, good – I hope you liked them! :)

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48 Jen @ Lita's World August 21, 2011 at 6:55 am

I’m glad I’m up early today and caught this recipe as it went by on Finding Vegan…looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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49 spabettie August 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

thank you Jen – I’m glad you found them too – let me know how you like them! :D

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50 Paige @ RAN August 21, 2011 at 9:47 am

Kristina these look fantastic! A very good substitution fr a chauffuer if you ask me;)
Happy birthday to your dad!!

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51 spabettie August 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

thank you, Paige! I told him he could hire ME as his chauffeur, it’d be fun to hang out with my dad all day, drive him around! ;)

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52 Richa@HobbyandMore August 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

oh wow.. amazing.. like superly fantastic!. I was just thinking of making some kind of fudge bars and some snack bars to balance out the decadence.. now i can just make these!!!
where is that star button on the browser now to bookmark.!.
Have a fun day and happy retirement to your dad. my dad is never going to retire.. he is married to his manufacturing business.

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53 Richa@HobbyandMore August 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

oh wow.. amazing.. like superly fantastic!. I was just thinking of making some kind of fudge bars and some snack bars to balance out the decadence.. now i can just make these!!!
where is that star button on the browser now to bookmark.!.
Have a fun day and happy retirement to your dad. my dad is never going to retire.. he is married to his manufacturing business.

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54 spabettie August 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

well, THANK YOU! :D let me know how you like them when you make them – they are that perfect blend of decadent, rich and healthy.

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55 janetha @ meals & moves August 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm

i am on an airplane and don’t have headphones so i cant watch that video! i am so curious now haha. those look incredible!!!!

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56 spabettie August 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

you have to come back and watch it… you’ll LOVE it !! :D

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57 hihorosie August 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I saw Noelle had pinned this before I checked my email. What a treat! These look so amazing! I pinned too and will be saving this post. :)

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58 spabettie August 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

oh, great – I love to see my things pinned! (I’m on pinterest, but don’t really use it much… yet). let me know if you make them – two people have already and love them! :D

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59 Kath (My Funny Little Life) August 22, 2011 at 4:04 am

Hahaha, I love your Dad’s attitude towards retirement! :D My Dad has been retired almost two years ago, and he’s been very active (like always) since then: He got a diving licence and goes diving in the Baltic Sea, he also learned how to play golf so he can play with my mom now, and of course he’s been fishing, gardening, and working on my parents’ house (which is an old city house and always needs to be improved in some regard) a lot. I hope your Dad will have a fabulous time!

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60 spabettie August 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm

your dad sounds like he is really enjoying retirement!! I think it’s VERY important to remain active and have activity – both mental and physical – my grandparents were very active and I think they lived long for it!

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61 cathy August 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

Love this recipe, is there any way to print it out without the whole web page printing?

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62 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free August 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

ohmygoodness!!! I am loving this! And it’s sugar-free—eeek! YUM! Reminds me of my favorite drink-mochas!

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63 spabettie August 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm

hi Alex! you will LOVE these if you like mochas. (I love mochas too…) I store these in the fridge, and they taste SO good when they’re cold. and YES to sugar freeeeee! :D

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64 Angela @ Vegangela.com August 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

holy schmoly. are you kidding me? these look ridiculous. also bookmarked!

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65 spabettie August 31, 2011 at 11:22 am

they are SO good! if you make ONE thing from here, make THIS one. ;)

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66 Cara August 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Did my eyes deceive me or did you REALLY just say scrumtrulescent??? Didn’t even need to click the link to the video–I know exactly where you got that one and I could not be any more pleased with your humor. Well done. Well played!
P.S. Must make these goodies!!! They sound so good and maybe they will make me feel better about my LOUSY GF/Vegan baking skills…

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67 spabettie September 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

YAAAY! I love that you knew that!! Will Farrell is one of my favorites, and those skits always make me laugh. :D

this recipe is a GOOD one, one of my recent favorites, and while it is many steps, it is WORTH it!! difficulty level low, too – these are amazing, if I can say! make them! :D

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68 (what runs) Lori October 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Drool…

Wow.

Um… yeah. How do you come up with all this amazingness?

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69 spabettie October 11, 2011 at 5:46 am

hee. thanks, friend. these are GOOD ones!

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70 Kristina November 8, 2011 at 7:43 am

wow! these look fantastic, I am wondering if I can pull them off, LOL! I am a new reader and the thought of looking through your archives is exciting! :)

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71 Chance February 3, 2012 at 5:30 pm

these look SO GOOD!! I have a birthday party coming up that I volunteered desert for, I think I shall make these!!

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72 spabettie February 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I hope they were/are a hit! :)

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73 Carra February 5, 2012 at 1:45 am

we DID make these for Superbowl, and they were SO SO good!! thanks

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74 spabettie February 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm

SO glad you liked them!

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75 Carolann February 15, 2012 at 3:31 am

my kids love these, and hubby too – they love the chocolate and I love that they are a dessert but… sorta healthy??

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76 spabettie February 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

“sorta healthy” – I’ll take that! :) yes, they’re better than some things I can make, definitely. so happy you like them!

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77 DC Billings February 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

made these for this morning’s church potluck and they were gobbled in no time! thanks for a great recipe!

Darlene

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78 Chandra February 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

these look amazing!

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79 Vi February 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

this looks delicious!

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80 Jason June 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

these took a lot of time LOL and are worth it!!

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81 Darby June 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

making these for a party this evening, hope they last in the cooler on the way there!

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82 spabettie June 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

ha, I hope so too! :D enjoy!

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83 Ginni June 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

this sounds great, must be very popular it has made the rounds several times today LOL :)

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84 Kathy July 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

this will be our summer pop all summer!!

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85 Jonathan July 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

these look good too, maybe I’ll make the old dixie cup style today!

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86 Jen July 5, 2012 at 3:25 am

YUM. that’s it, yum!

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87 Heather July 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

we made these for the church potluck over the weekend, again, another spabettie hit at the church! lots of time but worth it LOL

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88 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

thank you, Heather! I love that a church somewhere is happy with spabettie food! :)

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89 Alessandra July 25, 2012 at 6:32 am

This recipe has to have all my favourite flavours, starting with coffee, then fudge and ending with vanilla, they sound perfect.

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90 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

thanks, Allesandra – I agree – these flavors just go together. :)

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91 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

oh heavens! These rock!

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92 spabettie July 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

:D thank you Alison!

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93 Kath July 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

all of my fave things, coffee chocolate and vanilla!

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94 Lydia Claire April 24, 2014 at 1:39 am

I have two questions. The coffee is brewed right? It seems obvious that it would be for taste and texture. Second, if I don’t have those flavored coffees is there a substitute for them?

Thanks!

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