Caramel Cashew Blondies

These blondies are moist and gooey with the crunch of cashews and the taste of caramel - sweet and salty bar cookies that make a decadent dessert.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 55 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

2
cups packed brown sugar
3/4
cup butter, softened
2
teaspoons vanilla
2
eggs
1 3/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
teaspoon salt
36
caramels, unwrapped
1/4
cup whipping cream
1
can (8.5 oz) salted cashews, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, extending foil 1 inch over 2 opposite sides of pan; spray foil with cooking spray.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat brown sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and the eggs until well blended. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until blended. Spread in pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt caramels with whipping cream over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Stir in remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla and the cashews. Pour evenly over bars. Cool completely in pan on cooling rack, about 3 hours. Use foil to lift out of pan. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.

Expert Tips

These bars would be equally delicious with pecans or mixed nuts in lieu of cashews.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Sodium
290mg
290%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.