Caramel Cashew Chewies Recipe
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Caramel Cashew Chewies Recipe

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Caramels, cashews and chocolate chunks make any gray day something special in this recipe from Amber Kieffer of Aurora, Colorado. Let the kids unwrap all those caramels, counting as they go, to see who unwraps the most.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup salted cashew halves, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 158 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 89mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour and oats; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  2. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine caramels and cream. Cook over low heat for 4-5 minutes or until caramels are melted, stirring occasionally. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate chunks and cashews.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Cool on a wire rack before cutting. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Cashew Chewies in Simple & Delicious July/August 2008, p19

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dogcat_8 User ID: 6341559 145397
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"My family and I enjoyed the bars. The only substitution to the recipe that I made was exchanging the cashews for peanuts. My family likes peanuts better; the bars were still a hit. Some family members like theirs in the refrigerator and others liked them at room temperature. Try it both ways and see what you enjoy best!"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 72622
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Very sweet and gooey! So good!"

Dianaore User ID: 1737743 150660
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

" have to hid the caramels before they get eating though and you have to go out and buy more to make the recipe (yes this happened at my house!) I used choclate chips though since I was lazy after unwrapping all the caramels."

gumlah User ID: 4034830 120834
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2009

"Approximately, how many caramels are in a 14 oz. bag? Thanks, Corinne"

anna1228 User ID: 414971 72621
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"Excellent recipe! Loved the bars."

pinkhottie User ID: 3003964 72620
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2008

"these are delicious!! very rich. the whole pan was gone in one day!"

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