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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • resalee
    May 20, 2020

    Delicious! Takes care of the sweet and salty cravings at one time.

  • dogcat_8
    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
    Aug 24, 2010

    Very sweet and gooey! So good!

  • Dianaore
    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
    Jun 9, 2009

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

  • Kelle DeBoth
    Apr 30, 2009

    No comment left

  • anna1228
    Feb 23, 2009

    Excellent recipe! Loved the bars.

  • pinkhottie
    Aug 15, 2008

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