from: Diamond of California
Product: Shelled Walnuts
Baklava needs to wait a bit more. Am doing this walnut toffee bars this weekend.
For crispier and crunchier texture, I toast walnuts first. To toast in 350 F oven: Spread walnuts in a single layer in a jellyroll pan. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes, until lightly browned and aromatic, about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool.
BOB Recipe: Chocolate Walnut Toffee Bars
1 cup butter or margarine, softened (margarine is what I use)
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (I increase to 2 teaspoons)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 F. In mixer bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until creamy. Stir in salt, cocoa powder, salt and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Spread into Pam-sprayed 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips and let stand 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate over cookie base. Sprinkle with remaining chopped walnuts and press lightly. Cool.
Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.