butterscotch cashew bars
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Serves: 16
  • ½ pound (2 sticks, or 1 cup) butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I used dark brown sugar)
  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 11 ounces butterscotch chips
  • ¾ cup corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cups roasted, salted whole cashews
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray/grease a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray (or neutral oil). Using two sheets of parchment, line the pan's width and length, creating a parchment sling. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray (or lightly grease).
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat better, brown sugar, and salt for 60 to 90 seconds. Decrease mixer speed to low and add the flour. Mix until just combined. Lightly press dough into the prepared pan. Poke holes in the dough with a fork. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until crust is golden in color. Remove to wire rack to cool.
  4. In a heavy saucepan over a 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.
  5. 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. I cut into 16 squares. These are very rich, so each square really is enough for one person.
Recipe by story of a kitchen at https://www.storyofakitchen.com/dessert-recipes/butterscotch-cashew-bars/