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Caramel-Cashew Cake Bars

These rich bars are a hit with everyone who tries them. The moist, cake-like crust pairs well with the chewy caramel and salty cashews.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 bars


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Beat in the eggs just until combined. Fold in the cashews. Spread into a greased 8-in. square baking dish.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.
  • In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients. Spread over cake. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Cut into bars while warm. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 171 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Allyjane
    May 8, 2013

    I made these about a year ago, and messed up horribly. Thankfully everyone still loved them! They turned out nothing like they were supposed to, but tasted amazing. My mom calls them "crack bars". This mother's day, it was one of the first things she requested.

  • Soroya
    Jan 13, 2011

    Very quick and easy to make. My family loved them so I'll make then again. I may drizzle melted chocolate on top to give it another another flavor dimension.

  • homecooker7
    Apr 22, 2010

    How do you finish them if you don't have a broiler?

  • emeraldosprey
    Apr 22, 2010

    I made these bars last night and they were awesome! They're a great combination of sweet and salty and the soft cake base really partners well with the chewy, crunchy cashew topping. Would make again!