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Chocolate Stout Maple Bars

Chocolate Stout Maple Bars

 Ben and I are so predictable. Friday night is Gold Rush night, we crack a beer, I fall asleep on the couch before the episode even starts, I wake up 10 minutes before the end to find out the totals of the week and then I trudge off to bed to curl up with the mutt at my feet and sleeping in ’til 7. So predictable. Please tell me I’m not the only one that this happens to. Right?

Chocolate Stout Maple Bars

Ben loves his stouts. I’m more of an “everything, but stout” kinda gal. But sometimes, a stout is what you need. Especially with chocolate. You can count me in on anything with chocolate any day of the week. My daily post-lunch ration of chocolate is what makes sitting behind a desk 40 hours a week bearable every day.

And maple. I love maple.

I had a boyfriend in college who would swear up and down that his mom mad the best maple bars ever. Like, ever. He’d wax poetic about these maple bars. I always wanted to know how to make them and schemed to learn to make them so I could impress him one day and prove that I could do just as good as she could.  That day never came.  But really, size years later – I think I just one upped his mother.

What now, what now? Chocolate stout and maple. Where are the angels singing in the background and lights shining when you need them? Well, cue them immediately – because you will need them on stand by when you bite into one of these.

Chocolate Stout Maple Bars

These maple bars and glaze are based off of the original Maple Bar from Top Pot doughnut from here in Seattle. These are the end all be all of doughnuts. Slightly crispy on the outside and so perfectly pillowy on the inside – you will be yelling “amen”!! And who doesn’t love a little food sin with beer mixed into ever day foods? No one, that’s who!

Because it’s DOUGHNUT WEEK, there are a who heap of your favorite bloggers and myself who are gearing up for it with deep fried carbs. Who really cares about New Years resolution when you have doughnuts? No one, that’s who!

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Chocolate Stout Maple Bars

Yield: 12-15 Doughnuts

Prep Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 3 Hours

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Chocolate Stout Bars:
2 envelopes Yeast - about 3 Tbsp.
1 1/4 cup Chocolate Stout Beer, 100-110 degrees
3/4 cup Sugar + 1 Tbsp, divided
2 tsp. Salt
½ tsp Baking Powder
4-4 ½ cup Bread Flour
⅓ cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup Shortening
3 Egg Yolks
½ tsp Vanilla
Vegetable oil for frying

Maple Glaze:
4 cups Powdered Sugar
1 ½ tsp Corn Syrup
¼ tsp Salt
½ tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Maple Extract
⅓ cup Hot Water


In a small saucepan, heat chocolate stout beer until simmering. Reduce to one cup. Remove from heat and allow to cool to 100-110 degrees. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer outfitted with a dough hook attachment. Sprinkle beer with 1 Tbsp sugar, and yeast. Let rest until the yeast has become foamy, five to ten minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together remaining sugar, salt, baking powder, bread flour and cocoa powder.

When the yeast has become foamy, turn on mixer and add in shortening, eggs yolks and vanilla. Mix for one minute. Slowly begin to add in the dry ingredients, a cup at a time.
Once the flour is incorporated, turn the mixer medium to knead the dough. Knead dough with your hands to make sure that all dry bits at the bottom of the bowl have been incorporated. Lightly spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and add dough to the the bowl. Roll dough around to coat lightly with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a dark warm place to rise. Let rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

On a floured suface, roll the dough out into a 14 x 12 inch rectangle. Cut off uneven edges of dough, so it makes a clean rectangle. Cut the dough with a pizza cutter hot dog style, down the middle on the long edge. Cut into again perpendicular into bars. Place on a cookie sheet to proof bars an additional hour.

Heat 2"+ vegetable oil in an electric skillet or a dutch oven to 350 degrees. Place a couple of bars into the oil at a time and avoid them touching. Cook until deep golden brown, flip and cook again. With tongs, remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined cooling sheet to drain. Ensure oil is heated to 350 degrees between batches. Repeat with remaining bars.

While the bars are cooling, whisk together all maple glaze ingredients until smooth. Dip the bars into the glaze, and turn over to let the glaze set, about 10 minutes.

Serve and devour.

Adapted from Top Pot Doughnuts Maple Bar Recipe



36 Responses to “Chocolate Stout Maple Bars”

  1. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 13, 2014 @ 3:13 am

    Thanks so much for participating! It was fun, these doughnut bars look pretty freaking fantastic!

  2. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — January 13, 2014 @ 4:48 am

    We also have pretty predictable weekends that usually involve some sort of early bedtime, cheesy reality TV and take-out. I’m glad I’m not alone! Although I think I’m going to mix things up and make these over this coming weekend. They’d definitely be a show stopper!

  3. #
    kita — January 13, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    Beeeeeer and doughnuts. Perfect.

  4. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 13, 2014 @ 5:22 am

    Mmm these bars look awesome!

  5. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 13, 2014 @ 5:33 am

    Oh jeez….. now I’ve got St Patty’s day on the brain lol

  6. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 13, 2014 @ 6:07 am

    Oh maple bars…these need to be next to me with a huge cup of coffee!

  7. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 13, 2014 @ 7:09 am

    SO MUCH DOUGHNUT LOVE. But seriously, I need these doughnuts, pronto.

  8. #
    Kristi — January 13, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    There’s nothing in this recipe that I don’t not lover. These looks so good.

  9. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 13, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    Hahaha! I bet you totally made better maple bars than his mom….these look insanely good! I love how you incorporate beer into recipes. Pure genius! Oh, and by the way, you aren’t alone. Dusty and I are just as predictable!

  10. #
    Gaby — January 13, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    I think you totally just one upped every maple bar on the planet!

  11. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 13, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    Donuts are my weakness, I would eat these all day long!

  12. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — January 13, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    Mmmmmm! Chocolate and stout are amazing together but in doughnut form? Genius!

  13. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 13, 2014 @ 8:25 am

    I’m an everything but stout girl too. Which made our trip to Ireland a couple of years ago…interesting. But in chili or doughnuts…yes. Stout me all the way. 🙂

  14. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 13, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    These are killing me!! I want one now!!

  15. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 13, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    Maple doughnuts are my all-time favorite. Adding stout? Genius.

  16. #
    Jeanne (NanaBread) — January 13, 2014 @ 8:57 am


  17. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 13, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    Stout in my breakfast. I THINK SO.

  18. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — January 13, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    Would you hurry up and move over here already? Seriously Megan – these are calling my name. Loud and clear!

  19. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 13, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    Well, hello, sexy chocolate stout maple bars! Come to mama!

  20. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — January 13, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    Stout and chocolate are so awesome sauce together. And if you say these taste like the ones from Top Pot then…wowowowow!

  21. #
    Susan — January 13, 2014 @ 1:41 pm these are awesome. Chocolate + stout generally has me sold and then to top it off with that glaze. I need some asap. Also I fall asleep on the couch with the pug more times than I can count.

  22. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 13, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

    Can I eat all of these?

  23. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 14, 2014 @ 5:41 am

    Yes, that pretty much sounds like my Friday routine! These look delicious, I would not have thought to combine maple with chocolate stout but I love that idea.

  24. #
    Kathryn — January 14, 2014 @ 6:17 am

    I’m not really a stout person either but I can totally get behind it in these bars – what delicious flavours!

  25. #
    Emily {Jelly Toast} — January 14, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    oohhh, I LOVE stout!! I love that you made bars, how cool! And I am always falling asleep during our shows – ugh. It’s so hard to stay awake at the end of the day, but I always want to have just that bit of time with the two of us. I know how you feel!

  26. #
    Jessie {Life As A Strawberry} — January 15, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    These look amazing. Also, I’m so happy you call them maple bars – when I lived in Illinois everyone called these “long johns” which was super weird to me.

  27. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — January 15, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    Everything about this doughnut makes me happy. That maple glaze looks perfect. When I was growing up my dad would make homemade maple sticks and then stuff them with a super sweet icing. Good lord it was so sweet your teeth hurt….but I still loved it 🙂

  28. #
    Betsy | — January 16, 2014 @ 5:28 am

    Yes, please!

  29. #
    Carla — January 16, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    You had me at chocolate stout and maple!

  30. #
    fabiola@notjustbaked — June 19, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    These look freaking awesome! I am now craving a maple bar, job done. 

  31. #
    Carol Borchardt — June 20, 2015 @ 1:55 pm

    These look and sound absolutely wonderful!  I love the flavor it gives sweet and savory dishes.  The maple glaze is perfect!

  32. #
    Cynthia/What A Girl Eats — June 21, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

    These doughnuts look fantastic! I love the complexity of the maple flavor!

  33. #
    Matt @ Plating Pixels — June 22, 2015 @ 12:00 am

    Maple bars are one of my favorites. Stout just takes it to a whole new level!

  34. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — June 22, 2015 @ 7:26 am

    Sign me up for THESE.  I could eat donuts daily, and these look like a delicious option 🙂

  35. #
    Recepti — October 26, 2016 @ 7:47 am

    I love this recipe perfect for me. I really love these maple bars. Excellent simple glaze for licking fingers.


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