Caramel Cashew Squares

Caramel Cashew Squares

This delicious bar cookie features a sweet butterscotch cashew topping.

15 min. prep time
25 bars
353 Ratings



1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup butterscotch-flavored baking chips
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 cup chopped salted cashews


Heat oven to 350°F.

Place brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in 1/4 cup butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add flour and salt; mix well. Press mixture onto bottom of ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake 11-13 minutes or until set.

Melt butterscotch chips, corn syrup and 2 tablespoons butter in 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until smooth. (Do not boil.) Remove from heat. Stir in cashews.

Pour cashew mixture over hot, partially baked crust. Continue baking 8-10 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and set. Cool completely.

Cover; store refrigerated. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts (1 bar)

Calories: 110

Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 95mg

Carbohydrates: 13g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 1g

Recipe #11094b©1999Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I agree with first reviewer about the finished product being too hard to even cut. I had stored it in the refrigerator after baking, as the recipe said. Managed to cut it into small squares with a big knife and a lot of muscle! I then tore up the recipe and put the cookies in an airtight tin on the kitchen counter. The next day I tried them again and they were delicious and not too hard to bite. So, now I'm back to reprint the recipe so that I can make them again.
This is an easy recipe to follow and I followed it to the letter, including" covering, and refrigerate and then cut into squares". It was so HARD that I couldn't cut it, and my husband had to use his strong hand to try to cut them into squares. Even after we chipped off pieces I warned people that I was not responsible for any broken teeth. They tasted delicious, but too hard.
Amazing! So easy and yet it is like you made cashew brittle over shortbread - folks think you are a gourmet pastry chef with these. Cut them in triangles, they are a rich sophisticated dessert that can accompany a fancy cup of butter pecan ice cream with a sprig of mint. It's a $10 dessert!
My husband loved this! he loves a sweet pastry, but not crazy about nuts in general. However he does like cashews, so this was perfect! It's not a candy, not a brownie texture either. More like a cookie .

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