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Caramel Espresso Bars

Caramel Espresso Bars

These Caramel Espresso Bars are ideal for the mocha lovers in your life! A graham cracker crust is topped with caramel then a dark chocolate espresso topping!
Caramel Espresso Bars

Caramel Espresso Bars

A beautiful young woman I have watched grow and mature from elementary school through grad school and now into the working world is getting married this summer. Her parents happen to be dear, dear friends and neighbors.

I was lucky enough to help her celebrate her upcoming wedding with a bridal shower.  And, thank goodness, my co-hosts assigned me the desserts when I missed our first planning session.

For the Mocha Lover!

Maggie loves dark chocolate and mocha, so when I ran across this recipe for Caramel Espresso Bars, I knew they would be perfect for the party. There was not one single bar left by the end the shower. These and the Cheesecake Pops were definitely the crowd favorites.

My Tips for these Caramel Espresso Bars:

My tweaks were minimal. I used regular graham crackers instead of cinnamon and baked these in a square pan instead of a round spring-form pan. Giada added more espresso powder, but 1 teaspoon gave a nice coffee undertone to the topping. Feel free to add up to 1 3/4 teaspoons for a more pronounced flavor.

A candy thermometer is imperative for making the proper consistency caramel. Mine reached about 244º and was perfect. Make certain the caramel is cool before adding the chocolate layer,and chill well before cutting. You will not regret making these splendid bars!


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Caramel Espresso Bars

Caramel Espresso Bars

Layered bars with a graham cracker crust, caramel layer and a chocolate espresso topping!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Bar Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 12 rectangles)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) butter, melted
Filling:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
Topping:
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350º. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with non-stick foil or regular foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray…leave some excess on two sides to assist with removal. In a food processor, combine the graham crackers and sugar and process until finely ground. Add the melted butter and blend until well combined. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the pan, pressing gently to form an even layer. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the crust is golden. Cool for about 15 minutes.
While the crust is cooling, in a heavy saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of cream, 1 stick of butter, brown sugar, and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240º (mine reached 244º), about 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully pour the caramel over the warm crust. Cool for 20 minutes. Freeze until firm, about 10-15 minutes.
Combine the chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 30 second increments, stopping and stirring till mixture is melted and smooth. Whisk in the espresso powder. Remove the pan from the freezer, and check to see that the caramel has cooled and solidified. Pour the chocolate mixture over the caramel layer and smooth with a spatula. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until firm.
Remove bars from pan using foil. Use knife dipped in hot water and dried to cut bars.

Notes

Adapted from Giada/Food Network

 

Shelli, Maggie and Molly at the bridal shower

The sweet mother of the bride, the bride to be,
and the bride’s sister.

Bridal shower hostsses

My fabulous co-hosts!

 

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2 comments on “Caramel Espresso Bars”

  1. thanks liz for coming at my place sweety.. these caramel bars just look awesome and minblowing nom nom pass me 🙂 shall try it sometime and let u know dear .. Love

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