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Chocolate Layer Bars

 Chocolate Layer Bars
This recipe is such a favorite, people rarely stop at just one bar. Anita Nickless-Platte City, Missouri
40 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup water
  • CREAMY LAYER:
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the eggs, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour,
  • cocoa and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with
  • water, beating well after each addition.

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Chocolate Layer Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Pour into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking
  • spray. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire
  • rack.
  • For creamy layer, in a large bowl, beat the shortening,
  • confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until fluffy, about 4
  • minutes. Spread over top of cake.
  • For frosting, in a small heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, butter
  • and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently;
  • cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in
  • chocolate chips until melted.
  • With a hand mixer, beat frosting for 2-4 minutes or until thickened.
  • Gently spread over the top. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 40
  • bars.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 250 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 64 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.