These Chocolate Walnut Butter Tart Bars are so easy to make and combine the flavour of butter tarts with crunchy walnuts and chocolate chips. YUM!
One of my favourite baked goodies is a sweet, sticky, caramel-y, delicious butter tart and these butter tart bars are very reminiscent of this Canadian classic pastry.
This recipe has the background taste of a legendarily good Canadian butter tart, with the added crunch of toasty walnuts and luscious chocolate. Another perfect recipe for the Holiday freezer or at any time of the year.
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Chocolate Walnut Butter Tart Bars
These Chocolate Walnut Butter Tart Bars are so easy to make and combine the flavor of butter tarts with crunchy walnuts and chocolate chips. YUM!
For the bottom layer
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup salted butter
For the top layer
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To make the bottom layer
- Using your hands, rub together the ingredients for the bottom layer until well blended and crumbly.
- Press evenly into the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch square pan that has been lightly greased and lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes before pouring on the topping.
To make the top layer
- Mix together all the ingredients for the top layer well and pour over baked base.
- Reduce oven to 325 degrees F and return to the oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting. These will cut best after they have been refrigerated.
I cut square pans of cookie bars in 4 rows by 6 rows to yield 2 dozen.
Serving Size1 cookie bar
Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 26mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 2g
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.
Sunday 12th of March 2023
Which size pan would be best for these as I have both, what size did you use.
Saturday 18th of June 2022
These are dangerously good. I’m a relatively inexperienced baker and these were so, so simple to make with mostly things I usually have on hand, and I appreciate how the recipe was clear and easy to follow. The bottom layer is so crisp and buttery and the top is indulgent and rich. I will for sure make these again. Would be a great hostess gift or potluck contribution. Thank you for the fantastic recipe.
Thursday 16th of May 2019
It looks like there is a crumbly top third layer in the picture. What is it?
Jo Ann Kugle
Thursday 16th of May 2019
I sent a review last September and tried to explain why it looks like three layers. You might take a look.
Thursday 13th of December 2018
Can I replace chocolate chips with raisins as not a fan of chocolate
Barry C. Parsons
Friday 14th of December 2018
Jo Ann Kugle
Sunday 23rd of September 2018
I just made these for the first time last night. The only change I made was to use a full cup of walnuts and I am happy with the results. Your recipes are so accurate and I was curious as to how it looks like three layers. I watched as they were baking and could see because of the baking powder, the top rising to create a look of another layer!. These could not have been more easy to make with on-hand pantry items. Super gooey right out of the oven, my husband loved it over ice cream. This morning they are firm and cut nicely as the picture shows. Thanks for another innovative and dependable recipe.