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Walnut Butter Crunch

 Walnut Butter Crunch
Maybe it's the extra butter that makes this lip-smacking crunch so delectable. It takes a long time to make, but my family and friends insist it's worth every minute!
20 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 2 cups butter, divided
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Directions

  • Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter; set
  • aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cube
  • remaining butter; add to sugar mixture. Cook until a candy
  • thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Stir in walnuts.
  • Immediately spread into prepared pan. Cool.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Drizzle or
  • spread over candy. Sprinkle with finely chopped walnuts. Break into
  • pieces. Yield: About 2-1/2 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 ounces) equals 381 calories, 30 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 50 mg cholesterol, 192 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.