Walnut Dreams

Published on December 24, 2011

These wonderful bars are somewhere between a cookie and candy and great for filling cookie tins and giving away as a gift. They really are dreamy. Everyone will want the recipe. They have been a big family favorite and no doubt a recipe that will be passed down from one generation to the next.

walnut dreams

Walnut Dreams

Crust

Ingredients
Instructions

Place crust ingredients in a food processor and process until until butter is well blended, turning off before the crumbs start to stick around the bottom edge of the bowl. Spread crumbs evenly in a 12″ by 18″ jelly roll pan, pressing lightly. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes*, until lightly browned around the edges.
*Ovens cook differently. Keep an eye on them. You want them done and not doughy tasting, but not dry.

preparing cookie base of walnut dreams
preparing cookie base of walnut dreams

Filling

Ingredients
Instructions

Mix sugar, flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until blended, then add the nuts. Spread filling over crust and bake an additional 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned and the center is firm. Cool 10 minutes.

ingredients for walnut dream filling
spreading the walnut dream filling
baked filling layer of walnut dreams

Glaze

Ingredients
Instructions

Spread glaze evenly over the top. Let cool completely. Run a knife around the outer edges (about 1/8-1/4 inch in) to remove the part that caramelized too hard. Cut into bars.

ingredients for walnut dream glaze
spread glaze on walnut dreams

*Ovens cook differently. Keep an eye on them. You want them done and not doughy tasting, but not dry.

walnut dreams cut in bars
walnuts in shells