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Caramel Cashew Chewies

 Caramel Cashew Chewies
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.
40 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 14 ounces caramels
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup salted cashew halves, chopped

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until chocolate is melted. Cool on a wire
  • rack before cutting. Yield: about 3 dozen.

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Caramel Cashew Chewies (continued)

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