Mocha Granola Bars

Mocha Granola Bars
Yield: 3 dozen Prep 30 mins Cook 5 mins Chill several hours

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (30 to 36 cookies)
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup granola, crushed
  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
  • 4 ounces white chocolate candy bar

Make It

1. Grease 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.

Prepare crust:

2. Mix together chocolate cookie crumbs, pecans, sugar and butter in medium-size bowl until well combined. Press the mixture into an even layer over the bottom of prepared baking pan. Refrigerate until the crust is firm, for about 30 minutes.

Prepare filling:

3. Sprinkle espresso powder over milk in small bowl; stir to dissolve. Add confectioners sugar, butter and vanilla, beating until the mixture is well blended and smooth. Spread the filling evenly over the prepared crust. Sprinkle filling evenly with the granola. Refrigerate for several hours or until firm.

Prepare topping:

4. Melt together the semisweet chocolate pieces and shortening in small heavy saucepan over very low heat until smooth. Drizzle over top of filling layer. Melt white chocolate in small saucepan over very low heat. Drizzle over top. Cover pan and refrigerate until both chocolates have hardened. Cut into bars to serve. Makes 3 dozen.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 151, Fat, total (g): 9, chol. (mg): 11, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 16, pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 40, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.