Noir Bars

Prize-Winning Recipe 2007! Deep rich chocolate, dark roast coffee and cream cheese marry in a seductive layered bar.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 5 hr 0 min
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

Cookie Base

1
pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/4
cup vegetable oil
2
tablespoons water
1
egg

Filling

8
tablespoons butter or unsalted butter, divided
3/4
cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
2
packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon vanilla

Topping

1/2
cup whipping cream
2
cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4
cup butter or unsalted butter
2
tablespoons instant espresso powder

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or just until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and 3/4 cup chocolate chips over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool.
  • 3 In large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining 6 tablespoons butter with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. On low speed, beat in powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla until blended. Beat in cooled chocolate on medium speed until well blended. Spread filling over cooled base. Cover; refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
  • 4 In 2-quart saucepan, heat cream, 2 cups chocolate chips, 1/4 cup butter and the espresso powder over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Cool until lukewarm, about 10 minutes.
  • 5 Pour chocolate topping over filling; spread to cover bars. Refrigerate uncovered until set, at least 2 hours or overnight. For bars, cut with wet knife into 9 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

This recipe was one of fifteen winners in the 2007 Mix It Up with Betty! Cookie Mix Recipe Contest. More than $10,000 was awarded!

Noir is the French word for "black."

You can use regular instant coffee granules or crystals for the espresso but expect a milder coffee flavor.

Bittersweet chocolate chips will give a darker chocolate flavor.

You can use a pouch of Betty Crocker® chocolate chip cookie mix for the double chocolate chunk cookie mix; add 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa to the Cookie Base ingredients and increase the oil to 1/3 cup.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
150),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
16g
16%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
120mg
120%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
18g
18%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.