Rich Espresso Bars with Buttercream Frosting

With coffee infused in both the base and frosting, these bars sweetly complement either a steaming cup of coffee or a tall glass of milk!

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  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 3 hr 50 min
  • ingredients 16
  • servings 32
 

Ingredients

Bars

1/2
cup butter
1
cup packed light brown sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
3/4
cup all-purpose flour
2
tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
1/4
teaspoon baking powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired

Espresso Buttercream Frosting

1/3
cup whipping cream
1/4
cup butter
1
cup white vanilla baking chips
1
tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1/2
cup powdered sugar

Garnish

32
chocolate-covered espresso coffee beans

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with shortening, or spray with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter and the brown sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and sugar is moistened. Remove from heat. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and the eggs; beat with spoon until smooth.
  • 3 In small bowl, stir together flour, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons espresso powder, the baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture. Beat with spoon until well blended. Stir in pecans. Spread evenly in pan.
  • 4 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack about 30 minutes.
  • 5 In 2-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream, 1/4 cup butter and the baking chips over medium heat, stirring frequently, until chips and butter are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon espresso powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and the powdered sugar; beat well with spoon (mixture will be lumpy). Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  • 6 Beat chilled mixture with electric mixer on high speed 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spread evenly over bars. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Top each bar with 1 coffee bean. Cover and refrigerate any remaining bars.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with shortening, or spray with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter and the brown sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and sugar is moistened. Remove from heat. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and the eggs; beat with spoon until smooth.
  • 3 In small bowl, stir together flour, 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons espresso powder, the baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture. Beat with spoon until well blended. Stir in pecans. Spread evenly in pan.
  • 4 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack about 30 minutes.
  • 5 In 2-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream, 1/4 cup butter and the baking chips over medium heat, stirring frequently, until chips and butter are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon espresso powder, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and the powdered sugar; beat well with spoon (mixture will be lumpy). Refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  • 6 Beat chilled mixture with electric mixer on high speed 2 to 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spread evenly over bars. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Top each bar with 1 coffee bean. Cover and refrigerate any remaining bars.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

If you like, you can use instant coffee granules and put the granules through a fine sieve. The flavor will not be as pronounced as with espresso powder.

These bars can be made ahead, wrapped airtight and frozen. Take them out of the freezer at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
75mg
75%;
Total Carbohydrate
17g
17%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
14g
14%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.