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Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

Honey Cashew Cookie Bars are chock full of crunchy cashews in chewy honey caramel on a brown sugar shortbread base, all drizzled in chocolate.

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Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

When I first came up with the idea to use cashews in this recipe, I immediately thought of my Mom who is a big fan of cashew nuts. I must stick a few in the freezer for her.

Roasted cashew nuts.

Roasted cashew nuts.

Mom’s twin sister, Aunt Moo, is also a big big of cashews and of this recipe. She has made these quite a few times over the years.

I daresay she’s made them more times than me!

Close up photo of Honey Cashew Cookie Bars being cut on a wooden board

Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

These are one of my favourites in the dozens of cookie recipes available here on Rock Recipes. I share my Mom’s and aunt’s love of cashews and the chewy honey caramel on a brown sugar shortbread base is as near to simple perfection as I can imagine.


Bottom layer ready for the oven

Bottom layer ready for the oven.


Ingredients for the top layer in a stainless steel pot

Ingredients for the top layer in a stainless steel pot.


Ready for the second bake

Ready for the second bake

The terrific thing about this recipe is that you can use practically any nuts you like to make it your ow. I’ve made these with mixed nuts before as well, and they were exceptionally good.

I had to force myself away from these after the third cookie. They really are that irresistible!

Honey in a glass pot with a solid white background.

We generally use organic honey in our recipes. Local honey if we can find it.

A little chocolate is never a bad thing but honestly, these simple cookie bars are absolutely delicious all on their own; try them whichever way you like.

Originally published November 29, 2011.

Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

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Yield: 36 cookie bars.

Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Honey Cashew Cookie Bars - These are a cashew lovers dream cookie bars. Plenty of crunchy cashews suspended in a soft honey caramel all on a brown sugar shortbread crust.


For the bottom layer

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 2/3 cups flour

For the top layer

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream
  • 2 cups chopped unsalted roasted cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips, optional


For the bottom layer

  1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar.
  2. Mix in the flour until fully incorporated.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch, parchment paper lined baking pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

For the top layer

  1. In a medium sized saucepan combine the butter brown sugar honey and whipping cream.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for only a minute or two before stirring in the cashews.
  3. As soon as the bottom has baked for 20 minutes, pull it out of the oven and spread the topping evenly over the base and return to the oven for an additional 20 minutes. Careful not to over bake these or the caramel top will go brittle and not chewy. If you have a candy thermometer you can test the top layer to ensure that it is somewhere between 245 to 250 degrees F when fully baked.
  4. Cool completely the pan on a wire rack.
  5. Drizzle the tops with the melted chocolate if you choose. These are exceptionally good without the chocolate too.


The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 g

Amount Per Serving Calories 209Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 6gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 21mgSodium 74mgCarbohydrates 23gSugar 13gProtein 2g

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Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Barry, I love cashews and made these cookies for Christmas this year - they are phenomenal! It's a good thing I gave a lot of them away because I can't stop eating them. For sure, they're in my top ten cookies of all time. Thanks for a great recipe.


Friday 23rd of October 2020

I’m definitely going to give these a try although I’m going to “keto-fy” the recipe by using surkin gold for the brown sugar in the bottom layer with a mixture of almond flour and coconut and for the caramel I’ll use allulose because it’s the only sweetener that I know that makes caramel just as wonderful as the real sugar. If I used chocolate on top(which I probably won’t) it will be my homemade sugarfree chocolate. Also I don’t think I can afford the cashews for this recipe but I was thinking maybe pecans or walnuts? I also think macadamia nuts would be delicious but they are pretty expensive as well, I usually have them on hand in the freezer for special recipes just in case. Do you think with all my changes and substitutes it will still turn out nice? Lol! Nothing like taking a recipe and totally changing it and then asking the creator if all these substitutes will work...sorry don’t mean to be annoying but I know there are a lot of people out there following a keto lifestyle (in my case because my hubby was diagnosed with diabetes) and with the trend away from sugar because a lot of people believe sugar feeds cancer cells. So I just think it’s best to avoid it but still enjoy some treats from time to time and I try to use sweeteners that are as close to natural as possible like stevia leaves I grind myself and allulose is a derivative of a sugar in some dried fruits. Thank you for the recipe and my apologies for changing it up!


Sunday 24th of September 2017

For the top layer...What time it would take to make caramel as i burt it in 3 minutes? Do we use powdered brown sugar or granular sugar?

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

I've never used anything but granular. You just have to boil it for a minute or two as the recipe instructs. Don't use heigh heat either.


Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Can you use peanuts instead for someone who is allergic to other nuts?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

Yup, should be no problem.


Monday 23rd of December 2013

These are AMAZING. We didn't use the chocolate drizzle either. My husband made these for dessert after Christmas dinner - it will be a miracle if they even make it that long. We couldn't find unsalted cashews, so we used salted - still amazing (or, maybe more amazing, we haven't tried with unsalted).

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