Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies

The nutty, caramel-like flavor of these Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies combined with how easy they are makes them a big winner!

Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies on a small white tray

Brown sugar is one of my favorite baking ingredients. Everything is way behind chocolate on that list, but brown sugar is pretty close to the top. Combine that with how much I like baking bars, and you get these beauties.

I’ve lamented before that cashews often get overlooked in baking. (If you agree, check out this or maybe this.) What better complement to all that brown sugar goodness than a big helping of cashews?

sliced Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies on a white tray

These blondies are bursting with brown sugar, creating a caramel-like flavor that is just fantastic. They’re simple to make and full of flavor. All of that together makes them pretty fabulous in my book.

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Yield: 16 2-inch bars

Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

With their nutty, caramel-like flavor, Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies on a small white tray


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt*
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (150g) chopped unsalted roasted cashews*


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in the cashews.
  5. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely before cutting into bars.


*If using salted cashews, you may want to reduce salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

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Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies

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