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Chocolate Chip Hermit Bars

Chocolate Chip Hermit Bars

The orange zest pairs very nicely with chocolate in these easy-to-make cookie bars. Not too sweet, they are great with a cup of coffee!

Makes about 16 cookie bars.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c softened butter
  • 1/4 c dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp barley malt powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • zest of 1 medium orange
  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chipe

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter and brown sugar in bowl of stand mixer; beat until creamed.
  3. Add molasses and egg and continue mixing until well blended.
  4. In a large bowl, blend flour, salt, spices, malt powder, and baking soda.
  5. Add dry ingredients to stand mixer bowl and mix on low a minute or two.
  6. Remove bowl from mixer and add orange zest and chocolate chips. Fold them in by hand until evenly distributed.
  7. Divide dough into 4 equal dough balls. On a dry work surface, press each dough ball into a roughly shaped 2″ x 6″ log.
  8. Place each log on the parchment lined baking sheet, spacing them evenly apart. Press them down slightly to flatten them.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with only a couple crumbs.
  10. Cool in pan 10 minutes, before slicing each log into 4 hermit bars. Transfer them to a wire rack and cool completely before serving.

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