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Caramel Praline Walnut Bars

Caramel Praline Walnut Bars

The caramel topping on these bars is packed with walnuts.


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25 min
Prep Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
48
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Ingredients

Crust

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

Topping

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges. Butter foil on bottom and up sides of pan.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar and baking powder in bowl; cut in 3/4 cup butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pat mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

  3. STEP 3

    Melt 1/3 cup butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Stir in walnuts, sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. Increase heat to medium. Cook 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling 4-6 minutes until candy thermometer reaches 248°F. Stir in whipping cream and vanilla.

  4. STEP 4

    Pour filling mixture over hot, partially baked crust. Bake 14-16 minutes or until mixture bubbles over entire surface. Cool completely. Lift out of pan, using foil. Cut into bars.

Tip #1

- Be sure to line the baking pan with foil before starting, otherwise the candy-like topping may stick to the pan.

Tip #2

- Pralines are a rich candy made with sugar, cream, butter and nuts. This bar borrows its flavors from New Orleans pralines. Walnuts toast in the boiling sugar-butter mixture before topping a rich shortbread crust. Be sure to cut the bars small, because they’re very rich!

Tip #3

- Bars can be frozen up to 1 month.

Nutrition (1 bar)

110 Calories
7 Fat (g)
15 Cholesterol (mg)
85 Sodium (mg)
13 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
1 Protein (g)
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