Whether it’s your grandmother’s gingersnaps or a perfect snickerdoodle, holiday cookies put everyone in a good mood.
This year, think about adding a new recipe to your repertoire. We offer a decadent espresso chocolate square here, and Jan Roberts-Dominguez shares a few of her family favorites.
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Espresso chocolate squares
1 1/4cups all-purpose flour
3/4cup powdered sugar
1/4cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1/2cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/4cup heavy cream
1tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder
28-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/4cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
6tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1tablespoon heavy cream
1/4teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with foil; butter bottom of foil.
Whisk together 1 1/4 cups flour, powdered sugar and cocoa together in medium bowl; add 1/2 cup butter. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until butter is the size of small peas. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips; press into bottom of pan. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean; cool slightly.
Meanwhile, stir 1/4 cup cream and 1 tablespoon instant espresso together until coffee is dissolved. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter together. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and allspice; beat until blended. Slowly beat in cream and coffee mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Pour batter over crust.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are slightly puffed and center is set; set pan on a cooling rack.
To make the glaze: Melt 6 tablespoons chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon cream, 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Drizzle over bars and refrigerate until set.
Cover and store bars in refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Makes 2 dozen bars.