Butterscotch Cashew Bars

25 Sep

These are so good and oh so easy!!  They’re by far my favorite thing from my baking spree last week, and will be added to my normal repertoire, and I’m introducing them to my mom’s Christmas baking routine, too.  Seriously decadent.  Perfect combination of sweet and salty, gooey and crunchy.

Here’s the recipe (via Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) – as always, my notes in another color.

Butterscotch Cashew Bars

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 ¼ tsp salt
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
11 ounces butterscotch chips
¾ cup light corn syrup
1 TBSP plus
1 tsp water
2 cups roasted salted whole cashews

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

Using two sheets of parchment paper, line the pan’s width and length, creating a parchment “sling.” Spray parchment paper with cooking spray. Normally I don’t use parchment paper, but you definitely want it for this one.  The butterscotch filling gets really really sticky, and this will save you lots of cleanup time.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and salt for 1 to 1 & 1/2 minutes.
Decrease mixer speed to low and add the flour. Mix just until combined.
Lightly press dough evenly into the prepared pan.
Poke holes in the dough with a fork. I forgot to do this – it was not the end of the world.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the crust is a golden color. Remove to wire rack to cool.

In a heavy saucepan over low heat, stir together butterscotch chips, corn syrup, and water. Stir until mixture comes to a simmer and butterscotch chips are melted.
Pour over crust.
Sprinkle cashews over the butterscotch caramel.
Bake for 5 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
After cooling, remove from pan and use a very sharp knife to cut into bars.  Original recipe suggested 2″ bars.  After tasting them and realizing how rich they are, I opted for closer to 1″ squares.  Seriously, they’re amazing.

I wish I had a picture to share, but I was on a baking rampage, and it was finish one recipe, on to the next.  And by the time I realized how great these are, they were mostly gone.  I think I will be making them again soon, though, so I’ll do an update with pictures then.

One Response to “Butterscotch Cashew Bars”

  1. Ginny September 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    YUM! I’m going to add this to my list of things to make 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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