Caramel-Cashew Bars


A yummy shortbread crust, caramel, cream, cashews, and marshmallows come together to make an amazing dessert bar.

Caramel-Cashew Bars
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
23 mins
Total Time:
38 mins
24 bars


  • 3 cup finely crushed shortbread cookies (63 cookies; 1 1/2 10-ounce packages)

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 36 vanilla caramels, unwrapped

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 2 cup coarsely chopped cashews or dry roasted peanuts

  • 2 cup tiny marshmallows


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Lightly grease foil; set pan aside.

  2. In a large bowl stir together crushed shortbread cookies, butter, and sugar. Press cookie mixture firmly and evenly in prepared pan. Bake about 15 minutes or until crust is golden and dried around edges. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium heavy saucepan heat and stir caramels and cream over medium-low heat until melted and smooth. Stir in cashews. Sprinkle marshmallows evenly over baked shortbread crust. Pour caramel mixture over marshmallows; carefully spread evenly.

  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until caramel is set and bubbly around edges. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Use foil to lift uncut bars out of pan. Place on cutting board; cut into bars.

Make-Ahead Directions:

Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

317 Calories
18g Fat
34g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 317
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 245mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 4g
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 95mg 2%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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