Frosted Cocoa Bars Recipe

  • 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 (no substitutes)
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Spread into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in sugar, coffee, vanilla and enough milk until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cooled brownies. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, before cutting.