Walnuts and chocolate enrich creamy caramel squares

December 04, 2000

Walnuts and chocolate enrich creamy caramel squares

This is the season for treats. Walnut Caramel Squares, set on a crisp baked crust, are rich with nuts and caramel-browned sugar and a topping of drizzled chocolate.


The recipe was devised by Christine Riccitelli of Danville, Calif., and it won her first prize in a recent Ultimate California Dessert recipe contest run by the California Milk Advisory Board.

- The Associated Press

Walnut Caramel Squares

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To prepare crust: Combine flour, 1/2 cup butter and 3 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl. Mix with a fork until well-blended. Press into a lightly greased 9-inch square pan. Prick with a fork and bake until lightly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand 2 minutes, then spread chocolate over crust.


To prepare filling: Place 1 1/3 cups sugar in a heavy saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until melted and caramel-colored, about 20 minutes. Stir in corn syrup, 1 cup butter and cream. Cook over medium heat until mixture reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts. Immediately pour over crust, smoothing to make an even layer. Drizzle with melted chocolate and refrigerate until firm. Cut into small squares to serve.

Serves 16.

- Recipe from California Milk Advisory Board

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