Just like Bakingblonde writes, these bars are a mix between a brownie and cake. These bars are moist and very dense. Perfect for a sweet bite of vanilla/chocolate goodness. And the the rich vanilla buttercream brings in the perfect amount of creamy texture to take this dessert to a whole new level.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup shortening (like Crisco)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted)
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar.
Add the vanilla and eggs until just combined (do not overbeat). Add the flour mixture and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Spoon half of the batter into the baking pan and spread so it is even throughout. Fold the melted chocolate into the remaining batter until incorporated, then spoon the batter evenly into the baking pan on top of the vanilla batter. Swirl a greased knife throughout both layers to create a marble effect.
Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
|Ok, they could have been a little more swirled, but not bad for a first attempt!|
Note ~ mine were done in 21 minutes. It is important not to overbake, so I recommend you check after 20 minutes and then keep checking within a few minutes until done.
Cool completely in the pan.
While the bars are cooling, whip up the vanilla buttercream (you can find my recipe here).