Chocolate Walnut Bars

Recipe by spatchcock
READY IN: 1hr 5mins
YIELD: 32 bars




  • Line a 13 by 9 inch pan (at least 1-1/2 inches deep) with heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side up. Set aside.
  • Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • For Crust: In small bowl, combine softened butter, sugar, and vanilla. By hand, cream until well-mixed and fluffy.
  • Add sifted flour and stir to combine.
  • Place crust mixture by small spoonfuls all over bottom of lined pan. Keeping your hands lightly floured, press crust mixture into an even layer with fingertips and/or knuckles (this mixture is a bit sticky, so re-flour your hands lightly as necessary).
  • Place in preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • While crust bakes, make sure chocolate chips are at hand.
  • Start Walnut Layer by combining eggs, sugar, and vanilla in medium bowl. By hand, beat until well-mixed. Set aside.
  • When Crust has baked for 10 minutes, remove from oven to cooling rack.
  • Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips as evenly as possible. Return to oven for 3 minutes to melt chocolate; remove to cooling rack.
  • With back of spoon or offset spatula, spread chocolate evenly over crust. Allow to stand for about 3 minutes.
  • During this standing period, add slightly cooled melted butter to egg mixture and beat in.
  • Stir in walnuts until evenly distributed.
  • After standing period, place walnut mixture by spoonfuls all over melted chocolate, distributing walnuts as evenly as possible.
  • Return to oven. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.
  • When done, top of walnut layer will be a light golden brown; edges will be darker. Remove to cooling rack.
  • Cool completely before storing airtight.
  • Before cutting, see Notes at beginning of recipe. To cut, use a large, sharp, straight- edged knife. Trim about 1/4 inch from each edge before cutting into bars.
  • Store bars airtight at room temperature for up to several days, or freezer for longer storage.