Caramel-Cashew Bars

Looking for a distinctive baked dessert? Then check out these bars made with cashews and caramel - a delightful treat.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 48

Ingredients

1/2
cup shortening
1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4
cup granulated sugar
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
2
eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2
cups chopped salted cashews
1
bag (14 oz) caramels, unwrapped
1/4
cup milk

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (if using dark or nonstick pan, heat oven to 325°F). Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat shortening, butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Beat in flour, cinnamon and baking soda, scraping bowl occasionally, until well blended. Stir in 1 cup of the cashews. Spread dough in pan.
  • 3 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat caramels and milk over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted; keep warm.
  • 5 Spread caramel over slightly cooled bars. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cashews over caramel. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Nutty cashews and rich caramel taste great on this nicely spiced cinnamon cookie base.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
75mg
75%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.