Espresso Truffle Bars

Espresso Truffle Bars
Let me say right off the bat- these espresso truffle bars are NOT brownies. Uhn-uhn. No way. They are rich, gooey, chocolaty, and smooth. In other words, a truffle. Just easier in a bar form- no need to shape and dip.

You’re gonna love these.

I’m going to start this recipe with a little secret tip I use often that could be considered chocolate heresy. You know how many recipes will call for unsweetened chocolate for melting?

Um, yeah…I hardly ever have that on hand. It’s a lot more expensive than cocoa powder so it’s simply not a staple of mine.

But you know that equivalent label they put on the back of cocoa powder boxes? The one that tells you that 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon of oil is equal to 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate? That’s what I use for everything. And I do mean everything.

Cakes, brownies, and even frosting. And I can’t tell a difference – nor can anyone who’s eaten my confections. At least if I go only by their reactions. And so I used it in this recipe, as well.

My little tablespoon measuring “shot glass” pictured above really helps with this substitution, since it would be tedious to have to measure out 7 individual tablespoons of oil. This is a relatively new kitchen item for me and I have to say, it really comes in handy.

And once everything’s all melted together, no one will be the wiser. Unless they have some sort of mad cocoa powder detection skills.


Espresso* Truffle Bars

For the bar:

  • 1 c. butter
  • 7 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped (or 1-1/3 c. cocoa powder + 7 Tb. oil – I used light olive oil)
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. flour (I used whole wheat pastry)
  • 2 Tb. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

For the topping:

  • 3/4 c. whipping cream
  • 1 Tb. honey
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • 1 Tb. butter
  • Cocoa powder for dusting
  • Chocolate covered coffee beans (optional)
  1. Make truffle base: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch pan (or line with parchment, leaving extra on the sides for easy removal of the bars).
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the unsweetened chocolate (or cocoa powder equivalent), stirring until melted and smooth. Stir in the sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each. Stir in the vanilla, espresso powder and flour. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes only- the tops should still be shiny. Do not overbake or they may turn out dry and crumbly. Cool on a rack completely before topping.
  4. To make topping: While the base is cooling, place the cream and honey in a medium saucepan and heat to barely boiling (just a few bubbles starting to form).
  5. Remove the cream from heat and add the chocolate pieces and espresso powder, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk the butter into the chocolate mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature until it thickens to a custard-like consistency.
  6. When the base and topping have both cooled, whisk the topping for a bit until it lightens in color slightly. Spread it evenly over the base. Dust with cocoa powder and allow to sit at room temperature for a bit to firm up before cutting into 1-inch bars (these are rich, so small is good).
  7. Store in an airtight container (can freeze for up to two months). Serve at room temperature.

*Note: Leave out the espresso powder if you’d like just regular Truffle Bars.
Makes about 48 bars.


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  1. says

    Pinned this … looks yummy! And thanks for the tip about the cocoa powder … I always have that on hand but usually have to buy the chocolate when called for, so will definitely be using that tip. And that shot glass measuring cup is going on my Christmas wish list … so cool!

  2. Abby says

    These look awesome. I have so many recipes that call for espresso powder; is this literally ground espresso, instant coffee or a product called espresso powder?

    • says

      The one I find in our stores has an Italian looking label and is called ‘instant espresso coffee.’ It’s darker and a finer grind than instant coffee. Hope you can find something like it, Abby, it really enhances the chocolate flavor!

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