Posted by: marthabernie | December 17, 2013

MAPLE WALNUT BARS

I had a big supply of regular walnuts on hand and wanted to use them up, so I made these walnut bars for the annual cookie competition at work. I added about 1/2 a cup of chopped black walnuts to the recipe below for added flavor. If you like walnuts, you will LOVE this recipe.

MAPLE WALNUT BARS

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1-1/2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom and sides of a 9 inch square pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter, the granulated sugar and egg yolk with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl occasionally. Add flour and salt; beat until moist clumps form. Press dough in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes.

In 2 quart saucepan, heat syrup, brown sugar, whipping cream and 3 tablespoons butter to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter I melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and walnuts. Pour hot filling over partially baked crust. Bake 15 minutes or until filling is bubbling in center. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate one hour before cutting into squares.

ENJOY!


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