Rich Espresso Bars with Buttercream Frosting

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

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

Directions

  1. 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with shortening, or spray with cooking spray.
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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