Monday, February 02, 2009

Coffe Crunch Bars

The Court that I work for moved from the Town Hall into a new building last month. We still have some kinks to work out but all in all it was a good move. The only complaint I have is that it is very lonely working there without other people. Lonely and scary, but I think the scary part is from living in NY all my life. In NY you may not be too safe sitting alone in an office building in the woods.

This past Thursday we had an open house luncheon and invited about 50 lawyers, judges, Town Hall friends, etc. I ordered food from the local grocery store deli and made cookies for dessert. I had gotten a new Bon Appetite magazine and in it was a recipe that sounded right up my alley....Coffee Crunch Bars. Of course I had to make them for the party.

Bon Appetite has a whole article by Molly Wizenberg about these cookies.

She writes, "The coffee and toffee flavors of this crunchy dessert are heightened by the dark brown sugar and espresso powder."

Finding the espresso powder was the problem, a big problem when you live in a small town. After visiting several stores I went to Whole Foods, they didn't even have it, but they came up with a solution - they grounded up espresso beans into a powder and I used that.

The cookies came out wonderful, or so I thought. My husband doesn't like anything coffee related.

After the party there were a few cookies left so I sent them to work with my husband, his co-workers just love it when he brings stuff in.

Later that night I asked him how they liked the coffee crunch bars. He said, "No one ate them". "Why?", I asked. And in true Capt form he said, "I told them that you put coffee grinds in them".

I'm sure the image of old, cold, used coffee grinds would take anyone's appetite away.

14 comments:

Theresa said...

Myabe your hubby doesn't understand that they were ground-up fresh espresso beans???

Staci said...

lol what a nice guy!! BOYS!!!

Dawn said...

That is hilarious!! I'm with your hubby on the coffee thing - can't stand the flavor anywhere anyhow.

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

I'm with your hubby on not like coffee flavored anything. When i was a child, I snuck into my grampa's desk to get some candy I saw him put in. Yuck! Gross! It was coffee candy.
The story is hilarious.

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Hi Girl,
Don't be so hard on Hubbs. He just doesn't understand COFFEE like the rest of us do!
My BF would have done the same thing. He thinks coffe is some kind of evil drug.
BTW, Thanks for visiting Auntie's blog.
Good to hear from you, too!

Merrily Down the Stream said...

I love it. 'Here try these - they're gross.'

RR Mama said...

Such a nice hubby! I bet they were delicious!!!

PEA said...

LOL leave it to a man to describe it that way! hehe Loved this story, too funny! lol xoxo

nancygrayce said...

That is so funny! I like my coffee only in a cup....but I'll bet your crunch bars were delish!

Merrily Down the Stream said...

PS - I tagged you over at my blog. (o;

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Learn Spanish on your Dora Explora paper towels?
Shut Up!!! LOL

undercover caterer said...

I read that article too and thought they sounded great. I've just been too lazy to make them!

Thankfully my local grocer carries the instant espresso but you can buy them online too...
http://www.medagliadoro.com/products.htm

Lala's world said...

I have a hard time finding expresso powder up here too! looked everywhere and so I ground instant expresso....oops :) they didn't turn out so well!

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