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Almond Espresso Bars Recipe

Almond Espresso Bars Recipe

If you like coffee, you'll love these mocha morsels dressed up with toasted almonds. Save a few bars for afternoon snacktime or even breakfast, too. —Taire Van Scoy, Brunswick, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup brewed espresso
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped slivered almonds, toasted
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar and espresso until blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chopped almonds.
  • 2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water and extract until smooth; spread over warm bars. Sprinkle with slivered almonds. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for 1-1/2 cups self-rising flour, place 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup. Combine with an additional 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 68 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.