Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

Honey Cashew Cookie Bars

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.

Course Cookies
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 36 cookie bars.
Calories 209 kcal


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
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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.

Recipe Notes

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 Facts
Honey Cashew Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 85mg2%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.