Caramel Espresso Bars
 
Ingredients
crust
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 12 rectangles)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ sticks butter, melted
Filling
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
Ganache
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
Garnish
  • coarse salt, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with non-stick foil.
  3. Combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar and press into bottom of pan firmly.
  4. Bake 10 mins and cool.
  5. In heavy saucepan, combine cream, butter, brown sugar, and water.
  6. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 244º about 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Carefully pour the caramel over the warm crust.
  9. Cool for 20 minutes.
  10. Freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes.
Ganache
  1. Combine the chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl and heat until smooth and melted.
  2. Whisk in espresso powder.
  3. Pour this over the firm caramel (make sure it is solid before pouring on the chocolate!)
  4. Chill 2 hours and cut into bars.
Recipe by Hugs and Cookies XOXO at https://hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/caramel-espresso-bars/