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Golden Walnut Caramel Squares

A walnut-packed caramel tops a buttery crust in this decadent candy.—Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 2-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped


  • Line a 9-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into prepared pan; prick crust with a fork. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until set and edges begin to brown.
  • Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften for a few minutes, then spread over crust; set aside.
  • In a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, cook sugar until melted. Do not stir. Reduce heat to low; cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the butter, cream and corn syrup. Slowly pour in cooked sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts. Pour over prepared crust.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Drizzle over caramel layer. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
  • Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Gently peel off foil; cut candy into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 96 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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