Chocolate Espresso Pie Bars

As fall approaches, it is the season for pies. This year, I decided to see if I could turn pie into a bar recipe. Bars are super easy to make, portable, and they’re grab-and-go. I discovered that you can make endless variations of bars, sweet, savory, healthy, etc. Try out this recipe and leave a comment, let me know how it turned out!

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, unsalted, cold, cubed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ice water (as needed)

Filling:

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Notes:

  • This recipe can also be made without eggs, etc, although I haven’t tried it myself.

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350, and grease an 8X8″ square pan
  • In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and salt. Add in the cold butter and continue to pulse until the consistency is a course meal with some pieces of butter.
  • Turn it out in the pan and even it out with a spatula and your hands.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 15 min. 
  • Once it’s cold, place parchment paper inside with pie weights. Bake for 20 min, and then let it cool for at least an hour.

Filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 325
  • While the crust is chilling, melt the butter and chocolate chips in a kind of bain-marie setup. 
  • Heat a small pot/saucepan of boiling water with a bowl on top and stir the butter with the chocolate chips until it melts smooth (about 3 min)
  • Off the heat, whisk in the vanilla, sugar, espresso, and salt. 
  • Add the eggs, and pour on the crust.
  • Even it out with the spatula and tap to get out any air bubbles.
  • Bake at 325 for 45 min.
  • Cool for at least 2 hours before cutting, dust with powdered sugar.

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