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Chocolate Nut Bars Recipe

Chocolate Nut Bars Recipe

When I ask my husband what he would like me to bake, he often asks for these fudgy, nutty bars. They are his favorite! —Lisa Darling, Scottsville, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the flour, sugar and salt; beat just until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set and edges begin to brown.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine milk and 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips. Cook and stir until chips are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Spread mixture over crust.
  • 3. Combine the nuts and milk chocolate chips with the remaining semisweet chocolate chips and crumb mixture. Sprinkle over filling. Bake 15-20 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 209 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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vewebber58 User ID: 998755 232783
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"Scrumptious!! I baked the crust, then managed to burn the milk and chocolate chip mixture while looking for pecans. Went to the store for milk, chocolate chips....and pecans. Proceeded as recipe then the crust had cooled. I mixed the nuts, chips and remaining dough and sprinkled problems after that, except keeping myself away from the yummy bars until dessert time! A definite keeper."

MOTCook User ID: 7688063 166359
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"My husband really liked these. The only problem was the chocolate chips and nuts fell off when they were cut. I just put them in a bowl and my husband snacked on it!"

kallee User ID: 1377067 162106
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2013

"Amazingly delicious! I substituted pecans for all the different nuts and they were incredible. A definite keeper"

mickog User ID: 7266994 166358
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"Missed the rating part on my post!"

mickog User ID: 7266994 210543
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"This recipe was in a "Special Edition" I purchased this past winter, 2012. Made it for a Tea Luncheon of 34 people and it was an absolute hit!! Lots of people asked if I would share the recipe. We are snow birds and magazine was left in FL. HAD to make these for my grandson's graduation party and looked for it online by ingredients for 4 hours - that's how worth it they are. Enjoy!"

billieboy57 User ID: 6639952 112273
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I've made this several times, it's a huge hit w/my family. Every time I've made it I have found there isn't enough crust for top and buttom for 13 x 9 inch pan so I don't add any to top, I add more chocolate & nuts to top. Crust takes longer to bake then what recipe calls, mine took 15 minutes. My family calls the bars, "Nuts for chocolate" :-)"

dumplin123 User ID: 4313317 166356
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!"

kdwarren User ID: 3452511 179323
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

"Crumbly? yes a little. Delicious? Yes very! I only saved 1/4 cup of crumb mixture for the top and used the extra in the crust. I also only used about 1/2 cup in total of the chopped nuts.made it with fat free sweetened. Condensed. Milk because that is what I had on hand. Husband who isn't a sweet fan said it was a keeper."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 180177
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"These bars look delicious! I plan to make them-haven't tried recipe yet! thank you for sharing!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 179320
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"I don't recall making them, I I definitely will be trying this recipe out! Thank you, Lisa!"

mewolcott412 User ID: 875327 166347
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"For such a simple recipe, it had a lot more flavor than I expected."

a642483 User ID: 3027293 180175
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"My son-in-law usually asks me to make brownies, but I switched it up and made these - he raved about them! They are very good. Thank you for sharing!"

raceywlf User ID: 3872239 164785
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I made these a few days ago, and the topping was a crumbly mess, and it was way too sweet for my taste. today, I cut them in squares, and dug out as many of the chocolate chips from the topping as I could and pushed in more nuts, they turned out much tastier and not as sweet, will do it again, leaving out the chips in the topping"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 164698
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"I pressed the topping into the chocolate, as was recommended by others and it worked pretty well. There were still a few crumbly pieces that fell off, but not so much I wouldn't consider making it again. They taste really good. The crust is like shortbread. I made it for a group tonight and was asked for the recipe!"

Sprowl User ID: 29186 178778
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"I brought these to a card party and everyone went "nuts" over these bars. They are delicious! I pressed the crumb top sightly and baked about 10 minutes longer then suggested, checking with a toothpick. Also to set the crumb topping, I refrigerated the bars, taking out about 15 minutes before serving. That should solve most of the problems with crumbly topping some people mentioned. Enjoy!"

ginny3235 User ID: 3407760 180174
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"Loved the cookie bars, but the top is so crumbly it falls off. I might try pressing it into the filling next time. Will definitely make again! Might try milk chocolate chips in the filling."

jeanolson07 User ID: 4775574 143370
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"I made it twice just to be sure I hadn't done something wrong. I don't know why the recipe says to bake top until it "sets." NOTHING sets. Tastes good, but so messy it's not worth the effort."

bluffkin User ID: 4810216 180172
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"Taste is good but too sweet. Also, the topping was quite crummy and messy when eating."

Mopat User ID: 3569963 180149
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"I was disappointed in the crust and crust topping. I assumed it would be like a moist shortbread but crust was very dry and crumbly making it difficult to cut as well as not tasty to eat. The crust topping was too powdery and didn't melt into the chocolate chips (which I thought it would). I ended up melting more chips and drizzling on top to try and hold the topping together which still didn't work. Wonder if drizzling caramel sauce over the top would help ?"

krystelp User ID: 4729826 178776
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"These squares were good, but they were much too rich for my liking. I probably won't make these again."

starlove5 User ID: 3208772 143368
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"I didn't have any nuts and used different kinds of baking chips instead (butterscotch, peanut butter, and chocolate), and I also added coconut. It was a different take on the "magic cookie bars." They turned out delicious. I'm sure they're great with the nuts, but we're not big fans of nuts in bars, because they tend to get stale and taste old fast."

sbmallory User ID: 4830789 111358
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"The paramedics were called to my house over the holidays to take care of my mom. They were so kind to her we wanted to take a special treat to them. I found this recipe on another website and thought it sounded good. GOOD? Let's say FANTASTIC! I agree that is is almost like a candy bar instead of a cookie. I used a pan one size bigger than a 9 x 13 so I could 1 1/2 the recipe. That way I could share some and still have some for home. Enjoy!"

Cooking Diva User ID: 1041227 178774
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I made these for the second time for Super Bowl Sunday. They were a hit and so were the Saints!!!"

cozykitchen User ID: 1615751 166346
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"Kagrandma - you're right, these bars aren't heart healthy - although they are delicious! The healthy icon was incorrectly placed on this recipe and we are working toward resolving the problem. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Peggy Woodward, RD
Food Editor
healthy Cooking"

aldertonsharon User ID: 2899371 120429
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"I'm allergist to nut, but it sounds wonderful."

zucchinilady User ID: 3149814 120397
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"the only thing I did different was add some peanut butter chips as my family loves that combination - do not plan on having any left overs! so moist and so delicious! Will be making many times/going to take it to a Valentine pot luck dinner."

kagrandma User ID: 4132454 112271
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"These look wonderful, but heart healthy? Not a chance."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 180243
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"This is a delicious cookie and one my family just plain loves. It's a keeper, for sure, and one we'll be making many more times."

rklaassen User ID: 2566260 98159
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2010

"Oh yum!!! Our daughter made this and brought it over to share. By the end of the day only half of the pan was left, and there is only two of us. They were wonderful."

swesel User ID: 1754721 111356
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2009 Edited Jun. 28, 2009

"These are fantastic! I have many chocolate cookie recipes but this tops them all.


Patricia Mathis User ID: 3532544 104340
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2009

"These cookies are wonderful. My dad says that they are better than a candy bar. I agree."

sbeard User ID: 4072911 162105
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2009

"This is a delicious recipe. I made it for a friend's birthday and everyone raved about it. I plan to make it again."

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