In these bars, a buttery shortbread crustis topped with a very nutty mixture. The rich result is somewhatreminiscent of pecan pie.
Recipe: Nutty Coffee Bars
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1 large egg
1 tablespoon instant espresso or coffee powder
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds
Makes 18 bars.
Note: You can double this recipe and pressthe crust mixture firmly onto the bottom of a buttered foil-lined15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Bake 20 minutes or until very lightlybrowned. Spread the topping over the warm crust. Bake for 15to 20 minutes or until the topping is firm around the edges andslightly soft in the center. Makes 3 dozen bars.
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