Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Viennese Walnut Bars

After a long day of work I headed out for a drink with some friends and sure enough my love for baking ended up in conversation.  I had never heard of Viennese Walnut Bars before this evening when a friend of mine said his Great Aunt had been making them for as long as he could remember.  Of course I couldn't resist asking for the recipe and giving them a try.  They have a nice shortbread crust, a chocolate walnut filling, and a sweet icing on top.  The flavor of the walnuts really permeates throughout the bar, so if you love the combination of chocolate and nuts this recipe is definitely for you!  

If you haven't been to Tastespotting you must click immediately.  This is one of my favorite food blogs and I've been lucky enough to have a few photos accepted to the site- the Viennese Walnut Bars being one of them- along with my Devil's Food Cookies, Gooey Toffee Butter Cake, and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Also, I have submitted the Viennese Walnut Bars to the Magic Bullet Contest Giveaway, thanks to one of my readers.  Wish me luck!

**Update on the Magic Bullet Contest Giveaway: I was one of the winners!!!  I can't wait to use my Magic Bullet set.

Viennese Walnut Bars
adapted from Great Aunt Ruthie's recipe collection


For the pastry:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
10 oz. chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

For the topping:
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp water
1 tsp instant coffee (can substitute with water)
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts * optional


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 pan.

For the pastry:
Cream together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar.  Add the flour and mix well.  Pat into a 9x13 greased pan.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips and chopped nuts on top making sure to coat evenly.

For the topping:
Beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, water, and instant coffee (if you don't like coffee substitute water).  Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Gently spread this mixture over the chocolate and nuts, making sure to cover the entire surface.  Top with additional chopped nuts if desired.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool in pan before cutting into pieces.


  1. Cream cheese, coffee and nuts! these must ahve tasted heavenly! don't Moms and grnadmoms always have the best recipes ever!
    Would you consider sending this in for the Magic Bullet contest/giveaway on my blog? they'd be perfect for the event!

  2. Thanks Mansi! I just sent this in for your contest/giveaway and I think I may also send in my cake balls.

  3. Jschwa! I'm in love with your work... You always impress me! miss you.