Almond Mocha Cookie Bars

Course : Cookies
Serves: 1
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Ingredients:

---COOKIE BASE---
1 1/2 cups firmly-packed brown sugar
2/3 cup crisco shortening
2 tablespoons instant espresso OR coffee powder -- (not granules)
1 tablespoon cold coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup slivered almonds -- toasted and coarsely chopped
---COFFEE GLAZE---
1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon cold coffee -- (1 to 2)
1 tablespoon coffee-flavored liqueur
 

Preparation / Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Grease 13 x 9-inch pan (33 cm x 23 cm) with shortening. Place cooling rack on countertop. 2. For cookie base, combine brown sugar, shortening, coffee powder, coffee, vanilla and almond extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat eggs into creamed mixture. 3. Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Mix into creamed mixture at low speed just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. 4. Bake at 350F (180C) for 30 to 35 minutes, or until set. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into 2 x 1-1/2 inch bars. 5. For glaze, combine icing sugar, 1 tablespoon (15 mL) coffee and coffee liqueur in small bowl. Stir until well blended. Add additional coffee if mixture is too thick to drizzle. Drizzle over cooled cookie bars. 3 dozen bars


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