HAWAIIAN MOCHA DREAM SQUARES
Submitted By: Judi Z.
The name doesn't lie -- these dessert bars really are a dream! All I can say is, "Wow!" In my mind, nothing goes better together than chocolate, coffee, nuts and a super creamy texture. I hope you agree.
3/4 cup butter & 1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
6 Tbsp. ground espresso (fine grind)
1 egg, beaten
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. hot espresso
3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate squares
Coat an 8" x 8" square pan with butter or oil.
For the bottom layer:
Melt 1/2 cup of the butter in a 2 quart pan or bowl. Remove from heat. Stir in the cocoa, and 4 Tbsp. of the ground coffee. Add the egg and the vanilla. Mix completely. Gradually stir in the graham cracker crumbs. (Mixture will be thick). Mix in the nuts and the coconut. Press into the pan. Chill.
For the middle layer:
Cream 1/4 cup of the butter until soft. Gradually add the sugar and mix until smooth. Stir in only enough liquid espresso to make the mixture smooth and easy to spread. Spread over the bottom layer. Chill.
For the top layer:
Melt the chocolate and the remaining 1 Tbsp. of butter in a double boiler. Stir in the rest of the ground coffee. Spread thinly and evenly over the second layer. Chill.
After the top layer has set (refrigerate for at least 1 hour), cut into squares and serve.
Makes approximately 36 squares.