Chocolate Maple Bars

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons 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

  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening, syrup and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Remove half of the batter to another bowl.
  • Combine melted chocolate and pecans; stir into one bowl of batter. Spread into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Add coconut to remaining batter. Spread carefully over chocolate batter.
  • Bake at 350° until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • 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 each: 143 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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