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Just like the heading states, Dream Bars, that's just what they are, delicious...easy, and no bake. If you don't have any espresso, regular instant coffee granule can be used.
- 3/4 cup butter, plus
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 6 tablespoons ground espresso powder (fine grind)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup macadamia nuts or walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons hot espresso, liquid
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate
Coat an 8" x 8" square pan with butter or oil. For bottom layer: Melt 1/2 cup butter in a bowl in the microwave. Stir in the cocoa, Sugar and 4 tbsp of the ground coffee. Add the egg and vanilla; mix completely. Gradually stir in the graham cracker crumbs (mixture will be thick). Mix in nuts and the coconut. Press into pan; chill. cream 1/4 cup of the butter until soft. Gradually add the Sugar; mix until smooth. Stir in ONLY enough liquid expresso to make mixture smooth and easy to spread. Spread the mixture over the bottom layer. FOR TOP LAYER: Melt the chocolate and the remaining 1 tbsp butter in the microwave. Stir in remaining of the GROUND coffee. Spread thinly and evenly over the second layer; Chill. After the top layer is set (refrigerate for at least 1 hour), cut into squares and serve.