Venango County Recipe of the Day: Rustic Nut Bars

| September 22, 2022

Venango County Recipe of the Day: Rustic Nut Bars – Sponsored by Top Tier Federal Credit Union.

You’ll love biting into the crust that is much like shortbread!


1 tablespoon plus 3/4 cup cold butter, divided
2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, room temperature, lightly beaten

2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
1 cup salted cashews
1 cup pistachios
1 cup salted roasted almonds


-Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a 13×9-in. baking pan with foil, letting ends extend over sides by 1 in. Grease foil with 1 tablespoon of butter.

-In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the remaining butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in egg until blended (mixture will be dry). Press firmly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

-Bake 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

-In a large heavy saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to dissolve sugar. Boil for 2 minutes without stirring. Stir in butter and cream; return to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute or until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in nuts. Spread over crust.

-Bake 15-20 minutes or until topping is bubbly. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Lifting with foil, remove from pan. Discard foil; cut into bars.

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