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Toffee Crunch Bars Marry Coffee and Chocolate

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a dinner party at my house for some of my girlfriends. I had the menu down — crudités with romesco sauce and bagna càuda, pasta tossed with Tuscan kale — but no dessert. I panicked about finding the perfect fast, do-ahead, crowd-pleasing close to the meal, until I came across Molly Wizenberg's recipe for these coffee crunch bars in this month's Bon Appétit. When she described them as "the best cookies I had ever tasted," I knew I'd be making them.

Indeed, they were a hit at dinner, with their burnt caramel flavors, almond undertones, and biscotti-like crunch. It goes without saying that they pair perfectly with coffee. To see more pictures and make the exceedingly easy recipe,

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Coffee Crunch Bars

Coffee Crunch Bars

Coffee Crunch Bars

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups (firmly packed) dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder*
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl to blend.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in another medium bowl until blended, about 2 minutes. Add espresso powder and almond extract; beat 1 minute. Stir in flour mixture in 3 additions, mixing until just absorbed after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds (dough will be thick).
  3. Turn dough out onto ungreased rimmed baking sheet. Using hands, press dough into 12-inch square. Pierce all over with fork at 1-inch intervals.
  4. Bake until edges are lightly browned and beginning to crisp, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on sheet 1 minute. Cut into 48 bars. Immediately transfer to rack; cool (bars will crisp as they cool).

Makes 48.

Make Ahead: Can be made 5 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

*I substituted the darkest roast of instant coffee available and doubled the amount to 4 tablespoons.


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sid3000 sid3000 6 years
look good
sabrinabot sabrinabot 6 years
i made these a few weeks ago and they were pretty good, but not great. i definitely thought it was a case where the BA food writing was more droolicious than the final product. maybe mine were cooked a bit too long, but i took them out when the edges were browned, and the cookies seemed too dry/hard. like a few hours later and biscotti-like crunch is the only way to describe it. i think they're worth making though, and i want to do them again but seeing if a few changes can't be made.
mominator mominator 6 years
OMG These look so good! I am saving this to my favorites. Thanks for sharing!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Those do look good, even to a health geek like me. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
:drool:
cupcake_ cupcake_ 6 years
I will be putting this on my "to make" list :)
cupcake_ cupcake_ 6 years
I will be putting this on my "to make" list :)
CoconutPie CoconutPie 6 years
They look so good! :drool: I'll have to make them.
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