I am person who gets bored easily and doesn’t want to stay in bed for the whole day. When I am bored, watching TV or reading a book will not be very helpful. It’s either I’ll get myself into cooking/baking or clean my room. But there are days that you really don’t want to do anything but to lie in your bed. Am I right? I call those days “lazy days”. When I call a day a lazy day, that means I am so exhausted that all I want is to lie in my bed and lie the whole day and I really hate those days. But what can I do? My body is begging me to. That’s what I felt last week. Hopefully, my body got the rest she needed. Because for me, lazy days are next to dying, haha!
On to the post…
I have a vegetable shortening that was with me for months and have only used it on Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies. I was thinking what more recipes I should try to make use of it. It was not near the expiry date but I just want to make use of it. I searched for recipes from the Internet but I haven’t found any aside from donuts. I typed more keywords but still nothing. I decided to go to the Crisco website and finally found some recipes there. Since I was looking for something with almonds, I decided to bake these goodies.
Almond Mocha Brownie Bars
- 1 cup almonds, toasted and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2/3 cup all-vegetable shortening
- 3 tablespoons coffee granules
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 13×9 inch baking pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Add chocolate chips and almonds. Mix to coat. Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine brown sugar, shortening, coffee granules, milk, vanilla & almond extract. Mix well until well incorporated. Add eggs while mixing.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
- Spread the batter as even as possible to the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Add glaze if desired. Cut into bars and serve.
Source recipe: Almond Mocha Cookie Bars
Coffee Glaze Recipe
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp instant coffee granules
- 1 tbsp hot water
- Mix instant coffee granules and hot water and wait for it to cool for a bit.
- In a bowl, put powdered sugar and add the coffee mixture. If it’s too thick, add small amount of water or milk until desired consistency.
- Glaze over the brownie bars.
I had remaining chocolate icing so I made it as a glaze, too. 🙂
I forgot that the recipe calls for 13×9 baking pan and have baked mine into 9×5, so instead of having flat or cookie-like bars, mine turned into brownie bars. Although I have not used the right baking pan, the finished product was still delicious.
My version had a crumby texture, unsure if the texture should be like that if I have used the right baking pan. Hmmm… Anyway, these bars were really good so I guess the texture was not that important at all. 😀