Not everyone in my family is a huge fan of maple flavor unless it’s in syrup form, so I wasn’t sure how these would go over. When it came time to sample them, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t have an overwhelming maple taste. It was just the right blend of maple, chocolate and gooey for me. Granted these bars are quite rich, it’s probably a good thing … otherwise I would have ate like five.
1-1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup cold butter
1 - 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 tsp. imitation maple flavor
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1-1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in 1 beaten egg. Press the mixture evenly into a greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat milk, remaining egg and maple flavoring. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle chocolate chips over prepared crust. Top with walnut mixture. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.