Rich Chocolate Cake Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


about 3 dozen

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
"These cake-like brownies work well for large gathering and are quick to make," notes Kathy Kittell of Lenexa, Kansas.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in syrup. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in nuts. Pour in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. For glaze, in a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add chips and vanilla; beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Spread over warm bars. Cool on a wire rack before cutting.