Caramel Espresso Bars

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

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 recipe pictures

This is what you'll need

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

Bake the graham cracker crust until golden; let cool

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

While the crust is cooling, get started on your caramel

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

Pour caramel over the cooled crust

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

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

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

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.

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

After it's smooth pour over caramel layer

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

Spread evenly

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

Sprinkle with smoked sea salt. It makes a huge difference

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

It's glossy and perfect

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

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

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

Release it from spring form pan

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

Look at these layers!

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

and cut...

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

and cut...

Caramel Espresso Bars recipe pictures

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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