Make these jolly joe coffee bars with Death Wish Instant Coffee

Prep - 30 Minutes Cook - 18-20 Minutes 36 servings
Coffee recipes , Instant coffee , Coffee baking

Recipe: Jolly Joe Coffee Bars 

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger 

Put a little twinkle in the eye of the most grinchiest this Holiday season with Jolly Joe Coffee Bars that use instant Death Wish Coffee as the base of true magic.

We felt inspired by this recipe on All Recipes that took instant coffee and whipped it into a delicious dessert. The instant coffee helps give the bars a delicious flavor that makes it hard to eat just one.


  • 1

    Combine flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt. Set aside. 

  • 2

    Combine milk and instant coffee in saucepan, and heat at a medium-low setting. Stir until coffee dissolves and remove from heat. 

  • 3

    In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with white sugar and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Beat in egg, and then beat in the coffee mixture. Gradually blend in the mixture of dry ingredients, and fold in the almonds.

  • 4

    Spread dough evenly in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

  • 5

    Make Frosting: Put 1 cup of the confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat in the evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in remaining 2 cups of confectioners' sugar. Continue beating until of desired consistency. If consistency is too thick, add a little more milk; if it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

  • 6

    Frost the bars with the icing.

  • 7

    Cut into large or small bars.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons Death Wish Coffee instant granules
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:
  • Calories per serving: 126
  • Carbs: 23.8 g
  • Total fat: 3.1
  • Calories per serving: 126