Caramel and Nut Diamond Delights

Enjoy these delicious baked hazelnut and caramel bars topped with chocolate-coated pecan topping – a wonderful dessert.

  • prep time 25 min
  • total time 1 hr 15 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 20

Ingredients

Base

1
cup all purpose flour
1/2
cup firmly packed brown sugar
4
teaspoons cornstarch
1/2
cup margarine or butter, chilled
1/3
cup finely chopped toasted hazelnuts (filberts)
1/2
teaspoon vanilla

Topping

1
oz. semi-sweet chocolate
20
pecan halves (about 1/2 cup)
8
vanilla caramels, unwrapped
1 1/2
teaspoons water
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square pan with foil so edges extend over pan.
  • 2 Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and cornstarch; mix well. With pastry blender or fork, cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in hazelnuts and vanilla. Press evenly in bottom of foil-lined pan.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 2 minutes.
  • 4 Remove bars from pan by lifting foil. Immediately cut into 6 strips. Cut once diagonally from 1 corner to opposite corner. Make 3 parallel cuts on each side of diagonal cut, forming diamond shapes. (Some end pieces will be incomplete diamonds.) Cool on foil for 20 minutes or until completely cooled.
  • 5 Meanwhile, in small saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Dip half of each pecan half in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate 5 minutes or until chocolate is set.
  • 6 In another small saucepan, combine caramels and water; cook over low heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly.
  • 7 To assemble bars, remove cooled bars from foil; place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon melted caramel in center of each bar. (If melted caramel runs off first bar, wait 1 to 2 minutes for caramel to thicken before continuing.) Top with 1 chocolate-coated pecan half.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Bar
    Calories
    130
    (
    Calories from Fat
    60),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    7g
    7%
    (Saturated Fat
    1g,
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    0mg
    0%;
    Sodium
    65mg
    65%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    15g
    15%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    8g
    8%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    2%;
    Exchanges:
    1 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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