Chocolate Buttermilk Bars

Chocolate and cinnamon are a classic Mexican flavor combination. These layered bars are delicious served with any flavored tea or coffee.

Serves: 36Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 36

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup plus ¼ cup cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • ¼ cup whole milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, softened butter, and pecans and mix until crumbly. Press 2 cups of this mixture into a 13" x 9" pan and set aside.
  • To remaining crumbs in bowl, add baking soda, cinnamon, salt, buttermilk, ⅓ cup cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon vanilla, almond extract, and egg. Beat well. Pour over crust in pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20–25 minutes until bars are set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Set pan on wire rack.
  • In medium bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder, melted butter, milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla and mix thoroughly. Pour over warm bars and spread to cover. Let cool, then cut into bars.