These fun Mocha Hot Chocolate Cookie Bars have a coffee, chocolate, and marshmallow twist to the classic sugar cookie bar. They are easy to make and frost, and even easier to eat.
So, remember I said that we were all about healthy eating and working out now that the new year had started? Oh, that's still going strong...it's the getting up and being happy about it that needs some work.
Yesterday morning was our first morning setting the alarms for 5:30 AM. That's a rude awakening after a few weeks of sleeping in. Let's just say that I wasn't a cheery, happy person for about an hour or so. Complaining and whining may have occurred out in the cold garage as we jump roped and rowed.
One thing my hubby and I have discovered in those early morning minutes is that we can't talk to each other until both of us have woken up and have made it past those grouchy minutes. Ok, so mostly that's just me. Yes, I'm a bear! Early mornings and I just do not like each other.
But put a chocolate cookie bar topped with marshmallow frosting in front of me, and I'll cheer up in a hurry. Maybe one of these mocha hot chocolate cookie bars dangling from a rope in front of the rower each morning would help me lose the morning crankies!
I used to make cut out cinnabon sugar cookies. That stopped abruptly when I realized you can make the same cookie in a pan. Easy, breezy, lemon squeezy!!! My poor cookie cutters have been ignored for the past year now.
We have made lemon sugar cookie bars and funfetti sugar cookie bars over the past year. It's easy to change out the flavor slightly with an easy base.
By switching out a little flour for cocoa powder, and adding some coffee extract to the bars, I was able to create a mocha flavored cookie bar. I have a thing for chocolate and coffee together!
If you do not like coffee, do not be scared of these bars. Coffee just enhances chocolate making it even better!!! And if that still scares you, go ahead and use vanilla extract instead. That works too!
Last month I found a bag of hot chocolate M&M's at Walmart. (I'm not sure if they are still available.) I stocked up and bought a few bags when I spotted them. Any M&M's candy will work on these bars though!!!
For the frosting, I wanted to continue with the mocha hot chocolate theme. A creamy marshmallow frosting seemed like the best way to finish these off! Add those M&M's and some mini marshmallow bits and you are ready to devour a bar or two!
Just make sure to save a few of these mocha hot chocolate cookie bars to keep you motivated for early morning workouts. A bite of these cookie bars will scare the crankies away!!!
More cookie bars that we enjoy making:
Chocolate Butterscotch Oat Bars
Oreo Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars
More cookie bars you might enjoy:
- Deep Dish Fudgy Oatmeal Bars from High Heels & Grills
- Lazy Cookie Bars from Cookies and Cups
- Coconut Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Gooey Bars from Mom on Timeout
- Skor Squares from Taste and Tell
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures
Sometimes it is hard be on your best behavior in the morning :). These are so fun!
Brownies, mocha, and fluff - 3 of my favorite words!
Kelly @ Mostly Homemade Mom
I LOVE those M&Ms - this looks amazing!
rachel @ athletic avocado
coffee and chocolate all the way! yum!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats
Sometimes I think it's good that I get up at the butt crack of down alone to work out! I don't think my hubs would like me very much 🙂 I know he'd like me if I made these delicious bars for him though!
The only positive to waking up in the dark and cold to work out is that the actual workout warms you up pretty fast! It's much more disgusting in the summer when all that mugginess takes over.
These look like a bar worth exercising for! I'm a big bar girl, so these fit my bill!
Love the bar plan. Hope to find the m&ms, cause I love the color plan. If not, I am still going to try these, as cocoa and I are besties in the winter!!!
kentuckylady 717 says your dessert bars are so pretty and delicious too I am sure.....I will just look at them, as I can't make everything I see 🙂 may make one tho.....don't really need them....but I hear them calling my name...think I might make the take 5 bar and use white chocolate instead of the brown choc......since I am not suppose to eat a lot of caffeine......
I love these bars! If I find those M&M's, I will stock up on them.
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
I love the coffee and chocolate combination here 🙂 Delicious!