Chocolate nutty bars are easy enough for a beginner to try

Published On: Dec 17 2012 10:16:33 AM EST
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Tina Miller, Meijer Healthy Living Advisor shares her recipe for Chocolate Nutty Bars.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup White Whole Wheat flour or Whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Meijer salt
1 cup firmly packed Meijer brown sugar
1 cup Meijer butter, softened (or 1 8oz. pkg. Land o'Lakes Spreadable Butter w/Canola oil
1 teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract
1 egg
12-ounce package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 1/2 cup Diamond Chopped Walnuts, finely chopped

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large mixer bowl, beat brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup chopped walnuts. Spread into greased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake 23 to 25 minutes.
2.  Immediately sprinkle semi-sweet chocolate morsels over top. Let stand until morsels become shiny and soft (about 3-5 minutes). Spread chocolate evenly over top. Garnish with remaining ground walnuts. When cool, chill 5 to 10 minutes to set chocolate. Cut into 2- x 1 -inch bars.  Makes 24 bars.

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