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Walnut Bars Recipe
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Walnut Bars Recipe

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Walnuts grow everywhere in California! I grew up on a "walnut acre" and love them. When I use walnuts, I always think back to my family and harvest time. I hope you enjoy these bars as much as we do. —Chante Jones, Alturas, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 165 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 127 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Press onto the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  3. For filling, in a small bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, flour, vanilla, salt and baking powder. Stir in walnuts. Spread over crust.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until filling is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Combine confectioners' sugar and enough lemon juice to achieve desired consistency; spread over filling. Let stand until set before cutting. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Walnut Bars in Country August/September 2006, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 165 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 127 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"After reading the reviews, I agreed that maple would be a better flavor combination with the walnuts, so I tried it. As annie1992 said, it was too sweet. I actually thought the bars tasted better before I drizzled on the glaze. They were eaten up quickly, however."

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2013

"I actually liked the bars very well, and I liked the glaze, but not together. I replaced the lemon with a maple glaze and it was perfect, although a bit sweet. What can you say, it's a cookie!"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"I bake all the time and I made these bars just because I had all the ingredients. We love love them! My 33 year old son said that he believes that all food should taste just like these. I followed the recipe exact. I cut them into 1 inch pieces so you can just pop one right in your mouth. I will be making these often!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"Ok, I did not make this but my friend did. I liked it, but not all together. I ate the lemon frosting separatly. It was very sweet and tart but yummy, I just didn't like them together. I will be making this in the near future but without the frosting or maybe a cream cheese frosting instead."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"This recipe was wonderful! I am making it again this weekend for the super bowl party. I added a little cream cheese to the icing so that the lemon wasn't so over powering. I also added a few extra walnuts..why not?! Everyone loved them!"

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