White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Bars

White chocolate and macadamia nuts--two of the richest flavors imaginable--come together in these remarkable cookie bars.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 0

Ingredients

3/4
cup butter or margarine
1 1/2
cups packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon vanilla
2
eggs
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
1
cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts or slivered almonds
1
cup white baking chips
1
teaspoon shortening

  • 1 Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Heat butter and brown sugar in 3-quart saucepan over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted; remove from heat.
  • 2 Beat vanilla and eggs into sugar mixture with electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in flour and baking powder on low speed. Stir in half of the nuts and 1/4 cup of the baking chips. Pour into pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts and 1/2 cup of the baking chips.
  • 3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Cool about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Melt remaining 1/4 cup baking chips and the shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Pour into small resealable plastic food-storage bag; seal bag. Cut small opening in a corner of the bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle melted chips over bars. Cool until set. For 48 bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.

Expert Tips

Add a flavor punch by replacing the vanilla extract with 1 1/2 tablespoons rum extract.

Serving these and other bar cookies is easiest if you first remove a corner piece. (And you get to nibble on that sacrificed piece!)

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
125
(
Calories from Fat
65 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7 g
7 %
(Saturated Fat
2 g,
2 %
),
Cholesterol
10 mg
10 %;
Sodium
65 mg
65 %;
Total Carbohydrate
14 g
14 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
1 g
1 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.