Chunky chocolate nut bars

Chunky chocolate nut bars

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus setting time

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 44 biscuits

Adding cinnamon to basic vanilla shortbread lends these bars an extra Christmassy fragrance

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per biscuit

kcalories
173
protein
3g
carbs
14g
fat
12g
saturates
5g
fibre
1g
sugar
7g
salt
0.1g

Ingredients

  • 1 quantity vanilla shortbread dough (see below), with 2 tsp ground cinnamon added to the flour
  • 400g luxury mixed nuts
  • 175g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 175g milk chocolate, broken into pieces

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/fan 160C. Grease the base and sides of 2 shallow 28cm x 18cm baking tins and line each with a single sheet of greaseproof paper to come well above the rim of the tin (this makes it easy to lift out). Grease the paper.
  2. Pack half the dough into the base of each tin, pressing it into the corners. Scatter with the whole nuts, making sure they are evenly distributed. Press them deeply into the dough to secure.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes until the nuts and edges of the biscuits are golden. Carefully lift out of the tins, still on the paper, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Melt the plain and milk chocolates in separate bowls set over pans of simmering water. Leaving the slabs of biscuit on the paper, carefully cut each slab widthways into 2cm/¾in slices (don't worry if the nuts seem to be loose - they will be kept in place by the melted chocolate).
  5. Spread the slices so they are 1-2cm apart and drizzle diagonal lines of melted plain chocolate over them, using a dessert spoon. Then drizzle the milk chocolate over the plain and leave in a cool place to set. Cut each biscuit in half widthways. They will keep fresh for up to a week stored in an airtight tin.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2002

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jenniefranks's picture
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Very easy to make especially with food processor. Used 2 1/2 tsp of cinammon and flavour was just right. Made them for work colleagues but I don't think they will make it to the gift bags! Would definitely recommend these.

lourolls01's picture

These were great, very easy to make. I used "mixed spice" instead of cinnamon and increased the amount of 3 tsp which I preferred as 1st time round you could hardly taste the spice. I didn't go by the recipe for the amount of chocolate I just melted some a bit at a time. I gave them away as presents and got lots of compliments on them.

03rosexl's picture
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everyone loves them

jontyk19's picture
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Tasted better when made somewhat thinner. also only used a little dark chocolate and that small amount was more than enough for just the taste of chocolate you want to go with it.
I've even been asked to make some more already!

sdenny6773's picture
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I posted an earlier comment and made them again last night, so have learnt by previous experience!! I have found the best thing to do is cut them into bars as soon as they are out of the oven. This is much easier, as the dough is warm & pliable, as well as the nuts (they slice like butter). Then let them cool, separate them slightly and drizzle the chocolate on top. (I too think the amount of chocolate is too much so held back on that).

leonak's picture
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far far too much chocolate, the only way i could have used it all would have been to completely cover each bar. i threw away quite alot of the plain and although i melted less milk choc i still had too much. other than that lovely.

leonak's picture
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far far too much chocolate, the only way i could have used it all would have been to completely cover each bar. i threw away quite alot of the plain and although i melted less milk choc i still had too much. other than that lovely.

leonak's picture
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far far too much chocolate, the only way i could have used it all would have been to completely cover each bar. i threw away quite alot of the plain and although i melted less milk choc i still had too much. other than that lovely.

sdenny6773's picture
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Brilliant. They went down a storm with my family. Only gripe is that they didn't cut into bars well once the biscuits cooled, as the nuts got in the way and some cut okay and others crumbled. Maybe the way round it is to score lines in the dough in advance and then put nuts within the lines, that way they would cut perfectly. Will make again for xmas for family & friends.

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