Golden Walnut Caramel Squares

Golden Walnut Caramel Squares

Ingredients

Crust

  1. 1 cup flour
  2. ½ cup (1 stick) cold Challenge Butter, cut into pieces
  3. 3 Tablespoons sugar
  4. 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Filling

  1. 1 1/3 cups sugar
  2. 1 cup (2 sticks) Challenge Butter
  3. 1 cup whipping cream
  4. 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  5. 2½ cups chopped walnuts
  6. 2 Tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions

Crust

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Step 2

    Combine flour, ½ cup butter and 3 Tablespoons sugar in a food processor or medium bowl. Pulse or mix with a pastry blender until dough resembles coarse crumbs. Press into the bottom of a foil-lined 9-inch square pan.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand 2 minutes, then spread chocolate over crust.

Filling

  1. Step 1

    Place 1 1/3 cups sugar in a large heavy saucepan; stir over low heat until melted and caramel colored, about 20 minutes. Stir in 1 cup butter, cream and corn syrup. Mixture will bubble up and clump together. Simmer over medium-low heat stirring frequently until mixture is smooth and reaches 234 to 240°F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 35 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Remove from heat and stir in walnuts. Immediately pour over crust. Drizzle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until firm.

  3. Step 3

    Use foil to lift out of pan; transfer to cutting board. Cut into 16 squares.

Note: To test for soft ball stage without a thermometer, drop a small amount of sugar mixture into a dish of very cold water. If sugar has reached soft ball stage, it will form a soft ball that can be flattened and picked up out of the water.

Source: California Milk Advisory Board winning recipes

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