Chocolate Walnut Cookie Bars!
These Chocolate Walnut Cookie Bars are simple and so satisfying. The buttery cookie crust is the perfect vessel to hold the silky smooth dark chocolate topping and the added crunch from the walnuts is perfect. The recipe is simple and it also stores well in the freezer or fridge for those days you need a sweet treat.
A while back I was thumbing through some of the old cookbooks that my mom has gifted me over the years and the one I was drooling over the most was the Cookies and Bars from Southern Living.
There are some mouth-watering recipes in that book you guys but man they were all full of sugar and carbs. All the yummy but not so good for us stuff.
Why is it always the tasty stuff that is so bad for us? I mean, why couldn’t it be cookies are good for us and turnip greens are bad?
I’ll never know! But one thing I did know was that I needed to set out on a mission. One that would be the beginning of a new series here on the blog for cookies and bars that are low carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free.
I have a long list of recipes I want to work on and share with your here (if they are not flops, lol), so I grabbed my apron and mixer then got busy on this first recipe for Chocolate Walnut Cookie Bars.
It is a hard job baking a lot of treats and tasting them all. But someone has to do it, and I am willing to make that sacrifice for you guys so!
Making the Chocolate Walnut Cookie Bars
Sometimes baking can keep you in the kitchen for hours, but as busy as I had been lately, I knew I needed this recipe to be simple and fairly quick. There are only two steps to this recipe and each one only takes a few minutes of prep and oven time. The whole recipe ready in just about an hour.
Now, like many recipes here on my blog, the hardest part of the recipe will be waiting for these Chocolate Walnut Cookie Bars to cool and be ready to eat. Isn’t that time just torture? But alas, all good things are worth the wait, and that is true with these bars too.
The processes involved are mixing up the ingredients for the walnut cookie base and baking it to a nice golden brown. The second step, the rich dark chocolate topping, is prepared while that cookie bottom bakes, so it comes together pretty quick.
The topping is first mixed over low heat on the stove, then left to cool slightly. When the cookie base is cooked you simply pour over the creamy chocolate topping and spread it out evenly, and return it to the oven for the last little baking time.
After the bars bake the final time, let them cool completely and then chill them for at least an hour. For the added touch you can dust the tops of the bars with a finely ground sweetener of your choice and serve.
They honestly remind me of a dark chocolate pie slice, just in a small cookie bar form. So easy, and so delicious you guys!
Let me know if you give these Chocolate Walnut Cookie Bars a try. Also, for more excitement don’t forget to join me over on my social media pages as My Table of Three and look me up over on YouTube for video recipes.
This rich chocolate filling is baked on a buttery walnut filled crust that is crispy and sweet.
- 1/3 c water
- 1/3 c THM Super Sweet (or 1/2 cup Erythritol Blend of choice)
- 1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp of butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs beaten
- 3/4 c Healthy Mama Baking Blend (or your favorite low mix)
- 1/2 c walnuts,chopped
- 6 Tbsp of softened butter
- 3 Tbsp THM Super Sweet
- 1 Tbsp powdered sweetener of choice for dusting (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and spray the paper with cooking spray. Set the pan aside and prepare the walnut cookie base.
- Add the dry ingredients for the cookie base to your mixing bowl and add the softened butter.
- Mix in the softened butter until the mixture comes together into coarse crumbs and stays together when pinched between fingers.
- Add in the chopped walnuts and mix into the cookie mixture.
- Next press the cookie mixture into the bottom of your paper-lined baking pan. Make sure you spread the mixture evenly and press it into the pan well. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- As the base is baking add the water, sweetener, cocoa powder, vanilla, and butter to a saucepan over low heat.
- Cook the mixture whisking until all the cocoa has been mixed in and the chocolate mixture is smooth. Do not boil.
- Take the chocolate mixture off the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes then add in the two beaten eggs. Set the chocolate aside.
- Remove the cookie base from the oven after it is baked and pour the chocolate mixture over the base.
- Spread the chocolate mixture out evenly over the base and return it to the oven. to bake for 20 minutes.
- When the cookie ars are baked cool them on a wire rack completely then place them in the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
- After chilling slice the bars into 12 to 14 pieces. If you would like to dust the tops of your bars do so before cutting them.
Notes: If you do not have the THM Baking blend you can use your favorite low carb baking mix or almond flour just remember when you sub the almond flour you may need to reduce the butter since the baking mix I use is thirstier than almond flour. You can also sub the THM Super Sweet that I use for your sweetener of choice (like Swerve or Pyure). Again, you may have to adjust how much you need to fit the sweetness you desire using other sweeteners.
Amount Per ServingCalories 90Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 51mgSodium 73mgCarbohydrates 12gNet Carbohydrates 5gFiber 3gSugar 0gSugar Alcohols 4gProtein 2g
I am not a nutritionist. If you have strict dietary needs I always recommend using an online nutrition calculator to calculate your totals using your exact brands you're using in this recipe as values may vary per brand.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!