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Golden Walnut Caramel Squares

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Cook: 40 min. + chilling

Makes

6-1/2 dozen

A walnut-packed caramel tops a buttery crust in this decadent candy.—Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
Golden Walnut Caramel Squares Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • CARAMEL LAYER:
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped

Directions

  1. Line a 9-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into prepared pan; prick crust with a fork. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until set and edges begin to brown.
  3. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften for a few minutes, then spread over crust; set aside.
  4. In a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, cook sugar until melted. Do not stir. Reduce heat to low; cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, cream and corn syrup. Slowly pour in cooked sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts. Pour over prepared crust.
  6. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Drizzle over caramel layer. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  7. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut candy into squares.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 96 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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