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Kahlua Dream Bars

I always double this recipe so everyone gets a piece. For a glaze with deeper flavor, use 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate and 2 ounces semisweet.—Lorraine Caland, Shuniah, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup Kahlua (coffee liqueur)
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped


  • In large heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; stir in cocoa until blended. Whisk a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolk; return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and a thermometer reads 160°, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cracker crumbs, confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Press into a greased 13x9-in. pan.
  • For filling, in a large bowl, combine butter and Kahlua. Stir in confectioners' sugar. Spread over crust. Refrigerate until set.
  • For glaze, in a microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Spread over filling. Refrigerate until set. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 88 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Debbie
    Apr 25, 2020

    I would love to do this recipe but I don't have a candy thermometer. What stage would this be using the cold water method?

  • Believeitornot
    Apr 25, 2020

    These are basically Nanaimo bars with Kahlua added for flavouring in the filling rather than vanilla. You could probably use other cream liqueurs too.

  • amehart
    Aug 27, 2019

    We loved this! Very rich so cut into small squares, but oh so good. My nephew requested it for his birthday "cake" next month too!

  • 071246lm
    Jan 24, 2018

    Found the bottom layer to be very dry and tasteless. Also found that 1/3 Kahlua was way too much for 3 cups of icing sugar.