Caramel Chestnut cream cheese crumble bars.
For the ultimate sweet treat, try these Chestnut cream cheese crumble bars; a sweet nutty cookie base is topped with an unctuous chestnut cream cheese mixture, some puddles of white chocolate and more lumpy crunchy crumble on top. And in case that wasn’t enough, a caramel drizzle on top.
The nuttiness is elevated by adding toasted Pecans in the crumble. I love these as an afternoon snack with a cup of tea or as a dessert. Chestnuts are so delicious and pair very well with savoury and sweet.
They’re a breeze to make; first you toast your pecans, then to a food processor add all the dry ingredients and pulse, including the pecans, then you add your wet ingredients (including a can of cooked chestnuts) and pulse again. You spread out 2/3 of the crumble onto a cookie sheet and pre bake the base. You make the filling and spread on top, covered by the remaining crumble and bake. That easy. The caramel drizzle is added once the bars have cooled and are cut into squares. So simple, right?
Lusciously decadent but oh so good.
The ingredients are very straight forward, oats (any kind will do), flour, pecans, cream cheese, cooked chestnuts, sugar, butter and some white chocolate chips….
- 2 cups / 200 gr. oats (any kind)
- 1 cup / 120 gr. all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup / 30 gr. toasted pecan halves
- 2/3 cups / 140 gr. butter
- 1/4 cup / 50 gr coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup / 60 gr maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup / 200 gr cooked chestnut drained* (see note)
- 1 cup / 200 gr cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup / 60 gr maple syrup
- 1/4 cup / 50 gr white chocolate chips (more or less)
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup / 60-70 gr ready made caramel from jar or similar
Pre heat your oven to 350 F / 180 C. Line a 8″x 8″/ 20cmx20cm baking tin.
Toast your in pecans in a dry pan until lightly golden. Transfer to a food processor, add the flour and oats and pulse until very fine crumb. Next add the butter, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Run the processor until it comes together and when you take a bit of crumb between your thumb and index finger , it should stick together. Add a little bit of water if it’s still to crumbly.
Press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the prepared pan and pierce with a fork a few times. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F/180 C.
Meanwhile make the filling. Wipe the food processor clean with a paper towel, and add the chestnuts. Run the processor until the chestnuts are very fine. Next add the cream cheese, vanilla and maple syrup. Process until creamy. Add the white chocolate chips and pulse just once or twice to combine. Spread the filling over the base, and top with the remainder of the crumb mixture. Scatter with some pecans. Place back into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. Cut into 16 squares and drizzle with the caramel.
NOTE: the chestnuts usually come in a tin or in packs, either one is fine as long as they are cooked and drained. Even fresh ones cooked at home is fine too.
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