Coffee Crunch Bars
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoons Salt
1 Cup Plus 2 Tbsp Butter, Room Temperature
1-1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
2 Tbsp Instant Espresso Coffee Powder Or Granules
1/2 Teaspoons Almond Extract
1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Nuts, Sliced Almonds, Chopped Walnuts Or Chopped Pecans
Preheat oven to 325 deg F
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt until blended in a medium bowl. Set aside.
With an electric mixer in another medium bowl beat butter and sugar until blended, about 2 minutes. Add espresso powder and almond extract; beat 1 minute. Stir in flour mixture in 3 additions, mixing until after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (dough will be thick).
Turn dough out onto ungreased baking sheet. Using hands, press dough into a 12 inch square. Pierce with a fork at 1” intervals.
Bake until edges are lightly browned and beginning to crisp, 45-50 minutes. Cool on sheet 1 minute. Cut into 48 bars, immediately transfer to rack to finish cooling.
Store bars in an airtight container at room temperature.