BOB Recipe: Chocolate Walnut Toffee Bars

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.

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