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California Walnut Turtle Squares

Contributed by: News Canada

(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.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 500 mL
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 125 mL
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened 175 mL
  • 2 1/2 cups California Walnut halves 625 mL
  • 25 caramels
  • 1 tbsp 18% cream 15 mL
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips 175 mL

Directions:

In 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 350F (180C) 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.

Serving Size: Makes about 4 dozen squares


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