Maple-Walnut Bars

Maple-Walnut Bars
Levi Brown
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preparation
20
minutes
cooking
130
minutes
Makes 24 bars

Ingredients

For the crust:
1/2
cup
(1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the baking pan
1 1/2
cups
cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for flouring fingers
1/3
cup
granulated sugar
1/4
teaspoon
kosher salt
For the filling:
2
cups
walnuts
1/2
cup
packed light brown sugar
1/4
cup
granulated sugar
4
tablespoons
(1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4
cup
pure maple syrup
2
tablespoons
light corn syrup
2
tablespoons
heavy cream
1
teaspoon
pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment, buttering in between and leaving an overhang on all sides; butter the parchment.
  2. Make the crust: In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, sugar, and salt; process until fine crumbs form. With floured fingers, press the dough into the prepared pan and bake until just beginning to brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes; coarsely chop. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugars, butter, maple syrup, corn syrup, and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the walnuts and vanilla.
  4. Spread the filling over the crust and let the bars cool in the pan for about 1 hour.
  5. Holding the paper overhang, lift the bars out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 24 rectangles (6 rows by 4 rows).
Dawn Perry
November 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 200
  • Fat 13 g
  • Sat Fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 18 mg
  • Sodium 25 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Carbohydrate 20 g
  • Sugar 12 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Iron 1 mg
  • Calcium 16 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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