Portuguese Walnut Squares

Portuguese Walnut Squares

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About this recipe: These are chewy walnut bars made by my Titia Albertin in Sao Miguel, Azores. They have a wonderful flavor that comes from Port wine.

John Pacheco

Makes: 16 

  • 115 g butter, softened
  • 110 g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons port wine
  • 115 g chopped walnuts
  • 45 g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons port wine
  • 120 g confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon port wine
  • 2 drops red food coloring

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla, milk and 2 tablespoons Port wine. Combine the flour, chopped walnuts and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Brush the top with 2 tablespoons of the Port wine as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let cool to room temperature before glazing.
  4. To make the glaze, beat together the confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1 tablespoon of port wine until smooth and spreadable. Spread over the cooled bars.

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