Nutlove: Deluxe Nut Bars

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This is the perfect time of the year to be recipe hunting. I will have 2 family gatherings and I will have to bring a dish to each event. I have my favorite finds bookmarked in a special folder. This month’s Love Bloghop is focusing on Nuts. A perfect choice for a holiday treat.

I came across these Deluxe Nut Bars and I knew I had a winner. Bars are a great recipe to prepare for a holiday gatherings because you can make them ahead of time, freeze them if you have too, and they are so much easier to carry then a cake!

I made one single change to this recipe. I added a layer of chocolate between the base and the nuts, really good move if I do say so myself. And I am giving you the full recipe for a big pan but I made half the recipe and baked the bars in a small loaf pan. Keep that in mind as you look at the picture.

So I have a confession to make. I honestly cannot remember the last time I made dessert bars. I use to make them all the time as a teen when I started baking. But I had no desire to make bars for the last years. It was not exotic enough I guess. Well after making these I remembered another reason why I stopped making them. They are to good, so deliciously sweet and filled with calories! Is there a food or recipe you have not prepared in a long time, and why?

 

Deluxe Nut Bars
Recipe Type: Desserts
Author: Linda J. Amendt
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Serves: 52 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (500 mL)
  • 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar (75 mL)
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt (1 mL)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces (250 mL)
  • 3.5 oz (100 gr) 70% cocoa fine chocolate bar
  • 2⁄3 cup light (golden) corn syrup (150 mL)
  • 1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar (125 mL)
  • 1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces (75 mL)
  • 3 tbsp whipping (35 percent) cream (45 mL)
  • 4 cups mixed nuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with foil and grease with butter.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar and salt until well combined. Using a pastry blender, a fork or your fingers, cut in butter until evenly combined. Mixture will resemble coarse crumbs and start to come together. Using the back of a spoon or your fingers, press crust evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  4. Break the chocolate bars into squares and cover the crust. When the squares have melted push down on them a bit to spread the chocolate. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, heat corn syrup and brown sugar, stirring constantly until brown sugar is completely dissolved. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes without stirring. Add butter and cream. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and stir in the nuts. Spread nut filling evenly over cooled crust.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool completely in baking pan on a wire rack.
  7. Using foil, lift cooled bars from pan and place on a cutting board. Cut into small bars.

 

December is #nutlove month!

Please join in on the #nutlove fun by linking up any nut recipe from the month of December 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #nutlove event! The twitter hashtag is #nutlove :). Here are my fellow co-hosts…

Badger Girl Learns to Cook ~ Kimberly
Cheap Ethnic Eatz ~ Evelyne
Rico sin Azúcar ~ Helena
Teaspoon of Spice ~ Serena
The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen ~ Susan Palmer
The Spicy RD ~ EA Stewart
Vegan Yack Attack ~ Jackie S
Baking and Cooking, a Tale of Two Loves– Becky
No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ T.R.
Pippis in the Kitchen Again ~Sheila



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Guest
2 years 8 months ago

These are delicious and dangerously addictive!

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

Adding a layer of chocolate is definitely a great idea Ev! 😀

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

I have all kinds of nuts as I recently received them as a gift. I need to bookmark this recipe and try it with the kids this winter break! Looks yummy! I need to make more healthy bars for kids snack etc. :)

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

PS…back to say get well. The flu has been running rampant around here…hope whatever you caught has run it’s course. xo

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

Chocolate is always a welcome addition :) Your nut bars look incredible! I love the holidays as an excuse to try lots of new recipes, too.

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

I’m going to have to pass. I’m probably allergic to most of the nuts and I’d rather not have an itchy mouth. 😛

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

I’m loving these bars! All the nuts AND the surprise chocolate!

Guest
2 years 8 months ago

These look delicious, Ev – such a festive holiday treat! And yes, very good idea adding the chocolate…that’s never bad, right? :)

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

Wow Evelyne, these nut bars look awesome, love the shiny look and the chocolate layer it sure adds a nice twist to it.
Hope you are having a great week :)

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

Adding the chocolate just makes all the difference here! I love these bars!

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

The chocolate is a great idea. If you’re going to make dessert bars, might as well stuff them with nuts. Lots of good protein. :)

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

Your bars are lovely. I love nuts of any kind, especially with chocolate. Sending lots of #nutlove your way.

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

Yes please, I’ll take two. I love nut bars. Thanks for sharing this:)

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Kimberly (Badger Girl)
2 years 9 months ago

These bars look amazing. I love these bloghops because I would have never thought of making these and now I am totally hitting my head. Of course! These look amazing.
So happy to share the #nutlove with you.

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

Looks really good. And nuts are really healthy – you can have extra slices without any guilt???

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

Evelyne, what a lovely bars!! this super crunchy and sweet topping looks delicious 😉

Have a happy #nutlove month!

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

I love your idea of squishing chocolate in there! Really elevates the sweet nuts going on in there—would love to tuck a few of these into my purse for insta-energy throughout the day! =)