I’m in love with a dessert. This dessert. I know, it shouldn’t happen, especially to a gal who doesn’t try her desserts, but…well, I can’t help loving this recipe. For starters, it has coffee. In multiple forms. In my book, coffee=awesome. A dessert recipe with coffee? Double awesome.
Then there’s the matter of how absolutely quick these are to make. The first time I made these, I stuck them in the oven and looked at the clock in amazement. The entire thing had taken just minutes from start to finish! I mentally swore off every other kind of cookie besides for bars, then, because I am crazy that way, I set out to make super complicated cookies. Because making such an easy recipe was like, a bonus hour or something.
There is one catch. These bars are pretty difficult to classify. The ingredients are fairly similar to that of chocolate chip-type cookies, but the texture of the end result is a lot closer to a brownie. My coworkers and I were disagreeing wholeheartedly on the matter, until we came to an amicable compromise. “Do you have any more of those delicious fudgey mocha things?”
Call them brownies, call them cookie bars, I just call them awesome.
Mocha Chocolate Chip Bars:
Slightly based on a recipe from recipegirl.com
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted and slightly cooled
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon instant coffee powder
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons coffee liqueur
2 cups chocolate chips, some reserved for sprinkling
white chocolate, melted, for decorating (optional)
Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and coffee powder. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until creamy and well combined. Add the eggs, vanilla and coffee liqueur, beating well after each addition. Add the melted chocolate and beat to combine.
Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, stirring only until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Spread dough into prepared pan. Dough will be thick and may be hard to spread. The best way to spread it evenly is to wet your hands and use your hands to flatten the dough. Sprinkle reserved chocolate chips over dough.
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool completely.
For optional white chocolate drizzle: Spoon melted white chocolate into a ziplock bag. Cut a tiny hole in the corner and pipe the chocolate over the cooled bar before cutting.
Cut bars into squares, kiss your diet goodbye, and enjoy!
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