Delicious and Easy Chocolate Dessert Bars

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Super yummy and easy dessert bars.  A brown sugar crust topped with melted chocolate chips and nuts.

Seriously friends these are some of the best dessert bars in the world. I was taking dinner to friends and needed an easy make ahead dessert bar that can freeze super well. Thank goodness I ran across this simple recipe in my Grace By The Sea Good Food Cookbook.

Chocolate Nut Bars

Rich Chocolate Nut Bars

I don’t think of dessert bars as rich, that’s saved for cheesecake, pecan pie, pound cake, etc. (you know, briefly on your lips and forever on your hips). However, that changed when I made and tasted these heavenly gems.

These bars tasted amazingly delicious. That’s proven by the fact, I hate 3 out of the gate. However, they weren’t just delicious, they were packed with scrumptious, nutty flavor and they were rich.

This is due to the 2 cups of chocolate chips combined with maple syrup, butter and nuts stacked on a brown sugar crust. Oh friends, it’s quite delightful, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

If you’re looking for a light, healthy snack this is not your friend. But, if you love chocolate and nuts piled on a brown sugar and butter crust and if you love rich calories, this is not only your friend, it’s your lover.

As well as crawling with rich and indulgent calories, they are easy to make and freeze really well. These chocolate nut bars can be used for dessert and snacking. They are also easy to throw in a container and tote to a friend or on vacation.

So, if you’d like to live on the edge and throw calories to the wind, these rich, indulgent chocolate nut bars are screaming to you and saying, “BAKE ME TODAY”.

Ingredients In Chocolate Nut Bars

  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate chips
  • Maple syrup (you can use pancake syrup)
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Chopped nuts
Chocolate Chip Bars With Nuts

Chocolate Nut Bar Recipe

  • Sift together flour, soda and salt.
  • Cream butter and sugars
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Blend in dry ingredients.
  • Spread in ungreased 13×9 pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Let stand 2 minutes, then spread to cover.
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining 1 cup chocolate chips, ⅓ cup syrup, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon vanilla and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Put in double boiler and cook until smooth.
  • Stir in nuts and spread evenly over mixture in pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 8 minutes.
  • Cool 30 minutes to an hour and cut into bars.

Are Walnuts And Pecans Interchangeable in Baking?

Yes and hallelujah, I use walnuts for pecans all the time when baking.

According to this post from Millican Pecan, walnuts tend to be a bit bitter compared to other nuts and have a crunchy texture. Pecans tend to have a more distinctive flavor and contain a slightly sweeter taste. Despite these small differences walnuts and pecans can usually be used interchangeably in most recipes.

Dessert Bars With Chocolate Chips And Nuts

Final Thoughts on This Chocolate Nut Bar Recipe

These easy to make chocolate nut bars are a brown sugar, butter crust heavily topped with melted chocolate chips and nuts. This creates a rich, indulgent and calorie laden (I mean this is a good way) dessert bar that will be loved by your family, friends and all who partake in them.

In case you have any queries regarding the recipe feel free to reach out via the comment section or the contact page. Also, if you have tried this recipe, I would love to hear about your experiences.

I have linked to our related recipes below and I’m sure you will love them.

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Chocolate Nut Bars (With chocolate chips)

Chocolate Nut Bars (With Chocolate Chips)
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Chocolate Nut Bars (With Chocolate Chips)

Brown sugar crust topped with melted chocolate chips and nuts.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert bars, nut bars, chocolate nut bars, chocolate chip dessert bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 32 squares
Calories 150kcal
Cost $6.00

Ingredients

  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 unbeaten egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • cup maple syrup you can use pancake syrup
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cups chopped nuts

Instructions

  • Sift together flour, soda and salt.
  • Cream butter and sugars, blending well.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Blend in dry ingredients.
  • Spread in ungreased 13×9 pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  • Let stand 2 minutes, then spread to cover.
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining 1 cup chocolate chips, ⅓ cup syrup, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon vanilla and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • Put in double boiler and cook until smooth.
  • Stir in nuts and spread evenly over mixture in pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 8 minutes.
  • Cool 30 minutes to an hour and cut into bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal

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