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Czechoslovakian nut bars

Czechoslovakian nut bars
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Beyond the colorful decorations and after the initial rush of sugar, holiday cookies are about memories, tradition and sharing with those close to us. Be they humble or ornate, our baked goods are used to celebrate and give thanks — ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes, plus cooling time | Makes 30 bars
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 cups (8.5 ounces) flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts (4 ounces), chopped
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch-square baking pan. Line the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment paper and grease again.

Step 2In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks until combined. Beat in the flour, then the salt. Stir in the chopped walnuts by hand.

Step 3With lightly floured hands, divide the dough in half. Pat one half evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam over the dough. Pinch off small pieces, about three-fourths inch in diameter, of the remaining dough and drop it over the jam; do not pat the dough down.

Step 4Bake the dough until golden, 45 to 50 minutes, rotating halfway for even coloring. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, then cut lengthwise into three strips. Cut each strip crosswise into 10 pieces.

Note: "This is a recipe handed down to me by my grandmother. It brings back many memories of my Slovak heritage. It is easy peasy to make and is a favorite of everyone." — Mary Martin


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