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“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate” Alan D. Wolfelt


coffee crunch bars

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup sliced almonds

Heat oven to 325F.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in another medium bowl until blended, about 2 minutes. Add coffee granules and almond extract, beat 1 minute. Stir in flour mixture in 2 additions, mixing until just absorbed. Stir in the chocolate chips and almonds.

Turn the dough onto an ungreased rimmed baking sheet. Using hands, press dough into a 12-inch square. Pierce all over with a fork at 1-inch intervals.

Bake until the edges are lightly browned and beginning to crisp, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on sheet 1 minute. Cut into bars.


Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, February 2009