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!

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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