I like goooooold…
(wow, that’s my second Austin Powers reference since starting this blog..
I have all the classy material).
But really, gooold.. everywhere when I was baking this bar. Sandy, goldy shortbread.. soft and delicious butterscotch middle and baked cashews.. YUM.
These were great, but made a rather large batch, so if you fancy halving the recipe, go for it. They are also fun to stack on top of one another, you know, if you have excess bars.
Butterscotch Cashew Bars
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks, or 1 cup) butter
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 & 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 11 ounces butterscotch chips
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon water
- 2 cups roasted salted whole cashews
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″x 13″ pan with cooking spray. Using two sheets of parchment paper, line the pan’s width and length, creating a parchment “sling.” Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.
2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and salt for 1 to 1 & 1/2 minutes. Decrease mixer speed to low and add the flour. Mix just until combined. Lightly press dough evenly into the prepared pan. Poke holes in the dough with a fork. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the crust is a golden color. Remove to wire rack to cool.
3. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, stir together butterscotch chips, corn syrup, and water. Stir until mixture comes to a simmer and butterscotch chips are melted. Pour over crust.
4. Sprinkle cashews over the butterscotch caramel. Bake for 5 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack. After cooling, remove from pan and use a very sharp knife to cut into bars.
Makes 2 dozen 2-inch bars.