Brunette Blondies

Makes 9 squares

1⁄2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 Tbs. instant espresso powder
1 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄8 tsp. baking soda
1⁄2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter and flour an 8-by-8 pan. Whisk together the melted butter, espresso powder and brown sugar in a bowl. Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and mix it all together. Add the chocolate coffee beans.

Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into squares and serve.
(Louise Fiszer)