Chocolate Cashew Bars

With this recipe, I’m going back to some of my baking loves – chocolate, nuts, and bars. You had to know I wouldn’t stray for long. These bars are certainly a good way to reunite with some old favorites.

One of my other great baking loves is pecan pie. Now, imagine a pecan pie in bar form, but with cashews and chocolate. That’s what we’ve got here. And, it’s a beautiful thing.

Chocolate Cashew Bars are a sweet, gooey, tasty bar packed with plenty of chocolate and nuts. - Bake or Break

If the taste weren’t enough to win you over, there’s also the quick and easy aspect of making these bars. If you’d like the cashews to be a bit more prominent, use a bit less chocolate. You know, that may be the first time I’ve ever suggested using less chocolate. It’s a matter of taste, I suppose. Just be warned that these are more chocolate than cashew.

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Chocolate Cashew Bars

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 47 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes

Chocolate Cashew Bars are a sweet, gooey, tasty bar packed with plenty of chocolate and nuts.

Chocolate Cashew Bars

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light brown sugar

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (169g) salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (255g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Using an electric mixer on slow speed, mix all the crust ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9″x 13″ baking pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.

To make the topping:

  1. Stir together the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in the cashews and chocolate chips.
  2. Spread the topping over the partially baked crust. Bake until set, about 28-32 minutes.
  3. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Cover and store refrigerated.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Land O’Lakes.

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