Chocolate Walnut Bars

I had an irresistible craving to have something chocolate today and half a bar of  Twix from the fridge didn't help at all :). I was all prepared to make some brownies when I saw this recipe in my book 'Cakes and Bakes'. These double-decker bars looked so good I just had to make them and they did satisfy my craving....

For the base:
1/3cup (50gms) walnuts
1/4 heaping cup (55gms) sugar
1cup all-purpose flour, sifted
6tbs cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

For the topping:
2tbs unsalted butter
6tbs water
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1/4tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180˚C/ 350˚F. Grease the base and sides of an 8" square pan.
Grind the walnuts with 2tbs sugar to a coarse powder.
Combine the powdered walnuts, remaining sugar and flour in a bowl.
Add the cold butter and rub it in using your finger tips or pulse in a food processor till the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
Pat the mixture evenly into the base of the pan. Bake for 25mins.
In the meantime, for the topping, melt the butter with the water. Add the sugar and cocoa and mix well using a balloon whisk. 
Remove from heat and stir in the salt and vanilla extract and cool for 10mins.
Whisk in the eggs until blended.
Pour the mixture over the baked crust. Return to the oven and bake until set, about 20mins.
Place the pan on a wire rack to cool. Once cold cut into bars and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Dust with icing sugar before serving.

Sending this to 'Let's go Nuts -Walnuts' hosted by Aquadaze.


  1. Your dishes make my mouth water.Thanks for sharing.I will be experimenting soon :)

  2. wowowow,yummmy choc.walnut bars...iam just drooling over it:)

  3. hmm..thats a lot of baking recently..they look sooo very delicious!! its midnite here and im soo craving for them right now..guess will have to wait till atleast the morning! :)

  4. WOwow choco walnut bars looks just drooling over them...

  5. they look perfect! It sounds nutty and crunchy! yummy chocolate walnut bars! must be delicious with a cup of coffee!

  6. yummy chocolate walnut bars! they look perfect! sounds crunchy and nutty ! must be delicious with a cup of coffee!

  7. That looks so scrumptious.. the walnuts must add a nice texture & taste to the base... great combination.

  8. I crave chocolate too like crazy.Ooh! those bars look yummm!You are putting me in trouble here. Tempting me;) I love walnuts in any baked goody. And a combination with chocolate.............irresistable.

  9. wow..thats really looking so delish!...great bars...

  10. Thank you guys...guess choccolate is something we're all equally crazy about:)

  11. Gosh these bars are looking absolutely scrummy. Thanks for the entry, but could you pass the bars instead?!!

  12. Hey Aqua...I would love to share my bar with you...ur welcome anytime:)


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