chocolate spice bars

life with a broken water main pipe continues to keep things interesting around our house! the plumbing company started their tedious trench work today and they made a ton of progress. i’d like to believe that perhaps their quick work was due, in part, to my providing them with some of these chocolate spice bars! to me, these bars taste like the comfort of home and the holidays, but they are so good they deserve to stay front and center, even in the warm days of summer! you can serve them with a scoop of ice cream or pack them with a picnic lunch! they’re as versatile as they are tasty!

chocolate spice bars
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate (i used baker’s unsweetened chocolate baking bar)
1/4 unsulphured molasses
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup baker’s sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. butter bottom and sides of 13×9 brownie pan.
2. in a medium-sized saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat. when chocolate is almost melted, remove from heat.
3. with wire whisk, whisk in molasses until smooth.
4. add eggs, whisking until smooth and fully incorporated.
5. stir in flour, baker’s sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, baking soda and salt, just until blended.
6. spread batter into prepared pan.
7. bake in oven approximately 17-20 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
8. while bars are baking, mix 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
9. when bars are done, remove from oven. quickly sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture over the hot uncut bars. place pan on wire rack to cool completely. do not cut bars until they are completely cooled.
yield: 24 bars

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