Almond Mocha Cookie Bars
1 1/2 cups Firmly-packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Instant espresso
Or coffee powder (not granules)
1 tablespoon Cold coffee
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Almond extract
1/2 cup All-purpose flour
cup Unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1 cup Miniature semi-sweet
1 cup Slivered almonds toasted
and coarsely chopped
1 cup Icing sugar
1 tablespoon Cold coffee (1 to 2)
1 tablespoon Coffee-flavored liqueur
Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Grease 13 x 9-inch pan (33 cm x 23 cm) with shortening.
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.
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.
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.
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.