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Chocolate Cinnamon Bars

adapted from my mom
I don't know where my mom found this recipe--it was in her collection of handwritten index cards--but she makes it every year. Now, you can, too.
Servings 24 -36



  • 1/2 cup 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Spectrum organic shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk reserving the white for the topping
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • 1 large egg white reserved from earlier in the recipe, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped roughly
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Grease and line a 9"x13" baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Cream together the butter and shortening.
  • Add the egg and egg yolk, beating until well incorporated.
  • Beat in the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Add the flour, salt, and baking powder, mixing until just incorporated.
  • With a silicone spatula, spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. It will be sticky. Just be patient.
  • Brush all of the egg white over the top of the mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the granulated sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, and semi-sweet chocolate chips for the topping. Sprinkle evenly over the bars.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Be careful not to overbake!
  • Cool completely before removing from pan and cutting. This is very important! They will fall apart if you are not patient.