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Rustic Nut Bars

 Rustic Nut Bars
Everyone will crunch with joy when they bite into these chewy, gooey bars. They'll love the shortbread-like crust and the wildly nutty topping. —Barbara Driscoll, West Allis, Wisconsin
40 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup cold butter, divided
  • 2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • TOPPING:
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 cup salted cashews
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup salted roasted almonds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with foil,
  • letting ends extend over sides by 1 inch. Grease foil with 1
  • tablespoon butter.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in
  • remaining butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg
  • until blended (mixture will be dry). Press firmly onto bottom of
  • prepared pan.

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Rustic Nut Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire
  • rack.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar and salt; bring
  • to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar.
  • Boil 2 minutes, without stirring. Stir in butter and cream; return
  • to a boil. Cook and stir 1 minute or until smooth. Remove from heat;
  • stir in nuts. Spread over crust.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until topping is bubbly. Cool completely in pan
  • on a wire rack. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Discard foil;
  • cut into bars. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 199 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 157 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.