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Frosted Cocoa Bars Recipe

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It's nice to have a trusty bar recipe like this when you are short on time. The subtle coffee flavor in the frosting adds a tasty touch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 96 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 73 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown. Pour into a small bowl; beat in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency.
  4. Frost cooled brownies. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, before cutting. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Cocoa Bars in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p81

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 73 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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