(NC) - Dessert lovers will rave when you serve these nutty caramel bars on the sweet table. Or, package some into a pretty festive tin for a gift with a personal touch.
2cupsall-purpose flour500 mL
1/2cupgranulated sugar125 mL
3/4cupbuttersoftened 175 mL
2 1/2cupsCalifornia Walnut halves625 mL
1tbspcream18%, 15 mL
3/4cupChocolate chipssemi-sweet or milk 175 mL
medium bowl, mix together flour and sugar; blend in butter until crumbly. Press
into ungrease 13 x 9-inch (33 x 23 cm) pan, lined with heavy-duty foil. Spread
walnuts in one layer over dough.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven for about 20 to 25
minutes, or until walnuts are lightly toasted and base is lightly browned on
edges. Remove from oven; set aside. In medium saucepan, combine unwrapped
caramels and cream.
Warm over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until
caramels melt. Immediately drizzle caramel mixture over nuts. Scatter chocolate
chips over top; let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Swirl through chocolate with knife;
allow to cool before cutting into bars.