These dark chocolate brownie bars are topped with a cream cheese frosting and a chocolate glaze.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a small bowl, dissolve espresso powder in boiling water; set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter and bittersweet chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool.

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  • Meanwhile, line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

  • Stir sugar into cooled chocolate mixture in saucepan; add espresso mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition just until combined. Stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in nuts. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until top appears set and dry. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. Spread the Brownie Glaze evenly over frosting. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or until glaze is set.

  • Before serving, use foil to lift brownies out of pan. Cut into bars. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. If you like, garnish with chocolate-covered coffee beans.

Nutrition Facts

162 calories; 9 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 49 mg sodium. 21 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein;

Brownie Glaze

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine chocolate, butter, whipping cream and instant espresso powder. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; cool for 30 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in 1 cup additional powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.

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