Salted Chewy Cashew-Caramel Bars

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A little salty and a lot sweet, these chewy bars will quickly become your new favorite treat. Top the chocolate- and oat-studded salted caramel bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a dreamy dessert.

Salty Chewy Cashew-Caramel Bars
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
60 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
60 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup finely crushed pretzels

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 cup rolled oats

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 11 ounce package caramel baking bits

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup milk chocolate pieces (6 ounces)

  • 1 cup chopped salted cashews

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan; set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs until combined. In a medium bowl stir together flour, crushed pretzels, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined. Stir in oats. Remove 1 cup of the oat mixture for topping. Press the remaining mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan.

  3. In a medium saucepan cook and stir sweetened condensed milk and caramel bits over medium-low heat until caramel is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour caramel mixture over oat mixture in pan. Sprinkle with chocolate pieces, cashews, and sea salt. Drop the remaining oat mixture in spoonfuls on top of filling.

  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift uncut bars out of pan. Cut into bars.

Tips

Don't be a square. Have some fun with bar shapes. To make triangles, cut large squares, then cut each square in half diagonally. Or cut the baked mixture into long, thin sticks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

176 Calories
7g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 60
Calories 176
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 100mg 2%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
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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