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Austrian Chocolate Walnut Bars

March 9, 2017

Austrian Chocolate Walnut Bars

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup apricot preserves
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
3 cups walnuts, finely ground
8 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp corn syrup
1 Tbsp rum or 1 tsp rum flavoring
About 40 walnut halves (optional)

Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease a 9×13 baking pan. Cream butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Gradually add flour, until combined, mixture will look slightly dry. Press mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Carefully spread preserves over hot crust.

Cream eggs with 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, the cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. Gradually add the finely ground walnuts, beating just until combined. Carefully spread chocolate mixture evenly over preserves. Bake about 30 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Chocolate icing: In a medium heavy saucepan, combine bittersweet chocolate and the 3 tablespoons butter. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Stir in corn syrup and rum. Spread icing over cooled uncut cookies. If desired, top with the walnut halves. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours or until chocolate is set. Using a sharp knife, loosen edges of cookies from sides of pan. Cut into bars. Makes about 40 bars.

Posted by The Deedol Collection….aka Granny’s Favorites Cookbooks


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