Fabulous Freelancer Foodie Recipe: Mocha-Almond Bars

This recipe for mocha-almond bars is equally good as an uplifting snack or as a comforting dessert!

Note: the original version of this recipe appeared in the cookbook, Family Living: Our Favorite Cookies.


  • 1 cup of softened butter or margarine
  • 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 package (about 6 ounces) of semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup of sliced, toasted almonds


  1. Prepare by preheating an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and almond extract together in a large bowl until the mixture becomes fluffy.
  3. Combine the flour, coffee granules, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture and stir them together until a dough forms.
  5. Stir in the almonds and the chocolate chips.
  6. Press the dough into an ungreased 10.5” x 15.5” jellyroll pan.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the dough becomes lightly browned on top.
  8. Allow the now-cooked dough to cool in the pan for 5 minutes.
  9. Create bars by cutting it into desired sizes while still warm, then allow to completely cool while still in the pan.
  10. Serve after cooling, or store the bars in an airtight container.

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