1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup solid shortening
1/2 cup hot coffee
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 small pkg chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (walnuts recommended)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9 x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl cream the brown sugar and frosting together until creamy. Add the egg and coffee; mix well. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder; add to the sugar mixture. Stir in the vanilla, chocolate chips and walnuts. Place in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm. Drizzle with a powdered sugar drizzle if desired.