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Chocolate-Walnut Fudge Bars

What's the best thing about these chocolate treats: the cookie crust, the fudgy filling, or the walnut topping? It's a tie. Download ties and collars. Print onto card stock, and use double-sided tape to attach to a box of any size (ours is 4 inches square by 5 inches high).Part rich fudge, part crumbly cookie, these chocolaty bars take decadence to a new level.

  • yield: Makes 3 dozen
Photography: andrew parcell

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Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 27 store-bought chocolate wafer cookies (6 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • Table salt
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup toasted and finely chopped walnuts
  • Coarse salt, preferably fleur de sel

Cook's Note

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Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray, and line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on long sides. Spray parchment.

  2. Step 2

    Pulse wafers in a food processor until finely ground, and transfer to a bowl. Add sugar and a pinch of table salt. Melt 6 tablespoons butter, and stir into crumbs. Press into bottom of dish. Bake for 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Heat chocolate, condensed milk, whole milk, remaining 4 tablespoons butter, and a pinch of table salt in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring, until melted. Stir in vanilla.

  4. Step 4

    Pour chocolate mixture over baked cookie layer, smoothing top with an offset spatula. Sprinkle walnuts and coarse salt over top, pressing slightly to adhere. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

  5. Step 5

    Remove fudge from dish using parchment to lift, and transfer to a cutting board; remove parchment. Trim edges of fudge with a sharp knife, and cut crosswise into six 2-inch-wide strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 3 equal bars, then cut each bar in half on the diagonal to form 36 triangles.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2011

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Reviews (2)

  • 21 Aug, 2012

    I've made this recipe more times than I can count. It is fast, (although it does need to sit in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up) a cinch. Everyone loves it! I use pink himalayan salt and almonds instead of walnuts -- it looks so pretty! Right now I'm whipping up a batch and I'm going to leave off the salt and try cranberries with toasted almonds on top instead.

  • 5 Jun, 2011

    These fudge-walnut bars are wonderful! They are very rich and creamy -- and the chocolate crust is a nice addition to the fudge. For best results, use good chocolate and make them a day in advance - two hours of chilling wasn't enough in my opinion - they were better the next day - let them sit overnight in the refrigerator and they will cut beautifully and the texture will be perfect. My stepfather loves fudge -- he'll be getting these for Father's Day!