Caramel Espresso Bars

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Espresso or coffee is one of those ingredients you can use secretly to amp up the flavor of chocolate. Kara was hesitant to try these because she doesn’t like the taste of coffee. She loved them! They’re rich, chocolatey and delicious. Espresso is used to enhance the flavor, not overpower it. Not only are these decadent, they’re really impressive too. Don’t be intimidated to try them, they’re easier to prepare than they look. I’ve made these time and time again and every batch I’m reminded of what perfection is.

The 3 layers include a buttery graham cracker crust, a smooth caramel center, and a rich chocolate top layer. Sprinkles of smoked sea salt on top bring out the sweet and salty. This recipe is another one of our favorite Giada recipes.

I guarantee if you bring this to a party 1. you’ll leave with an empty plate and 2. you’ll be asked repeatedly for the recipe.

"Caramel Espresso Bars Ingredients"

This is what you'll need

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Bake the graham cracker crust until golden; let cool

"Make the Caramel"

While the crust is cooling, get started on your caramel

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Pour caramel over the cooled crust

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Cool for 20 minutes, then pop in the freezer for another 10

"Melting Chocolate in Double Boiler"

To make the chocolate use a retro double boiler like me or a heat-proof glass bowl over simmering water. This was my great aunt's and I use it all the time.

"Pouring Melted Chocolate"

After it's smooth pour over caramel layer

"Spread the Melted Chocolate"

Spread evenly

"Sprinkle the Smoked Sea Salt"

Sprinkle with smoked sea salt. It makes a huge difference

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

It's glossy and perfect

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Now that it's hardened it is ready to cut.

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Release it from spring form pan

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Look at these layers!

"Cutting Caramel Espresso Bars"

and cut...

"Cutting Caramel Espresso Bars"

and cut...

"Caramel Espresso Bars"

Eat and enjoy!

Comments

  1. John says

    I would love to taste one of these! I may have to make them for my next pot luck. Thanks for the recipe guys!

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