Mocha Cookie Bars Recipe

These rich and indulgent mocha cookie bars are the perfect treat for coffee and chocolate lovers alike. With a fudgy brownie-like base and a creamy mocha frosting on top, these bars are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Preparation Time:
– Prep Time: 20 minutes
– Cook Time: 30 minutes
– Total Time: 50 minutes

For the cookie bars:
– 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 large eggs
– 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1/4 tsp salt

For the mocha frosting:
– 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
– 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
– 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 2-3 tbsp strong brewed coffee, cooled
– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
– In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, cooled coffee, and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.
– Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition.
– In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until just combined.
– Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
– Bake the cookie bars for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
– Remove the cookie bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the baking dish before frosting.
– To make the mocha frosting, beat the softened butter and cream cheese together in a mixing bowl until creamy and smooth.
– Add the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, cooled coffee, and vanilla extract, and continue beating until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
– Spread the frosting evenly over the cooled cookie bars.
– Slice the bars into 16 pieces and serve.

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