Nutty Chocolate Squares

Nutty Chocolate Squares

A mouth-watering treat of creamy, rich chocolate between two layers of sugary cookies and finished off with a dusting of icing sugar. You’ll be so pleased with this recipe that you’ll be making them all year round.

Nutty Chocolate Squares
Serves: 36
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 340 g semisweet chocolate chips
  • 225 g cream cheese, softened
  • 150 ml evaporated milk
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate chips, cream cheese, and evaporated milk; stirring constantly until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Add nuts and ½ teaspoon almond extract blend well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, eggs, vanilla, and the remaining ½ teaspoon almond extract. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Press half of the crumb mixture into an ungreased 23 x 33 cm baking dish. Spread chocolate mixture over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture (see notes).
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden. Cool, sprinkle with icing sugar then cut into squares.
Notes
The top layer should be a crumby texture similar to that of a streusel or crumble dessert. If the dough for the top layer gets soft, pinch off small pieces and place dollops of them evenly spread on top of the chocolate.

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