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Chocolate Maple Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

My family runs a maple syrup operation, and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate maple syrup into my cooking and baking. These bars are delicious! —Cathy Schumacher, Alto, Michigan
Chocolate Maple Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, syrup and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Remove half the batter to another bowl.
  2. Combine melted chocolate and pecans; stir into 1 bowl of batter. Spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Add coconut to remaining batter. Spread carefully over chocolate batter.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter until smooth. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and cocoa. Gradually add syrup, beating until smooth. Fold in marshmallows. Frost bars.

Nutrition Facts

1 bar: 143 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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