Walnut Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
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


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 165 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.