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[The Cookie Elf File] Easy Viennese Walnut Bars – and Why Bar Cookies are Awesome!
March 03, 2014
Dear Cookie Elf reader,

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Cookie Recipe of the Week:
Viennese Walnut Layer Bars

Image: Viennese Walnut Layer Bars from The Cookie Elf

Somewhere in between a cookie and a cake, bar cookies are among the quickest and easiest cookies to bake … ranking them in The Elf’s favorite cookie recipes! Dough and other ingredients are poured or pressed into the pan with sides (instead of on a baking sheet), sometimes in multiple layers.

Bar cookies can be crisp or chewy; filled or layered; smooth-surfaced or crumbly on top. Well-known types (like brownies, blondies, and lemon bars) have been supplemented in recent years with a profusion of new bar cookie recipes, like Viennese Walnut Layer Bars -- which combine the elegance of a pastry served at European tea time with the ease of making a bar cookie recipe. Walnuts, chocolate, and coffee give these bars their rich flavor.

Viennese Walnut Layer Bars
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Bake time: 28-30 minutes
Makes about 54 bars, when cut in fingers ¾ inches by 1 ½ inches

Get the full recipe for Viennese Walnut Layer Bars. Plus be sure to check out our Bar Cookies Pinterest board for more bar cookie inspiration.

More About Bar Cookies from The Elf

Bar Cookies Tips: Why They Are So Easy to Make Magic Bars: Everybody’s Favorite Bar Cookie Cranberry Caramel Date Bars: Rich, Luscious Bar Cookie Shortbread: The Richest Bar Cookies (Plus Variations)
That’s it for now. See you next time!

Happy baking,

The Cookie Elf

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