Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

macadamia nut bars
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 36 pieces
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins

These buttery bars are the specialty of the Aloha Angel Café on Hawaii's Big Island. Created by baker Cathy Haber, they have it all: a buttery, crunchy, nutty crust, caramel and rich chocolate. We like them chilled.


1 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1cup chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
Caramel and Chocolate:
3/4cup butter
1/2cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate morsels


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
  2. To prepare the crust, combine flour and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Process about 10 seconds to combine thoroughly. Add butter and process until mixture is crumbly, about 30 seconds. Transfer crumbs to prepared pan and press firmly to make a compact layer. Scatter nuts evenly over crust and press them in firmly.
  3. To prepare the caramel layer, melt butter in a heavy medium-size saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar and stir well until thoroughly combined and smooth. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until entire surface of caramel is bubbly.  Immediately pour hot caramel over nuts and spread evenly with back of a metal spoon. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until caramel is bubbly.
  4. Remove pan from oven. Wait 1 minute; sprinkle chocolate morsels evenly over caramel. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes for chocolate to melt. Spread chocolate evenly with spatula or back of a metal spoon. Cool completely, then refrigerate 30 minutes to set. Cut into bars with a sharp knife.

Recipe by Greg Patent.

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Calories 160
  • Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat 3.5g
  • Cholesterol 15mg
  • Sodium 0
  • Potassium 50mg
  • Carbohydrate 18g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Protein 1g
  • Trans Fat 0
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 0
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 4%