Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

If you’ve been around here before, then it’s probably no surprise to you that I love making cookies and bars. I love making them all year round, so when it finally comes time for holiday baking, I get extra excited because it means everyone else is jumping in on the baking bandwagon with me.

Every November and December, I fill my kitchen with recipe successes and failures for every type. Then, I can share the best of what comes out of my kitchen with you. Then, you have all you need to make the best treats, ready to share with your friends and family for the holidays.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Now, it’s not even December yet, but I can definitely tell you that these Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars are going to be a standout. Buttery shortbread topped with luscious homemade caramel, crunchy Planters cashews, and a sprinkle of sea salt. What more could you want?

I know some folks are anti-nuts in their baked goods, but I love nuts. I can snack on cashews all day…and I definitely did while making this recipe. While they are fantastic on their own, this recipe helps their buttery flavor shine.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

The buttery shortbread crust is only made with just three ingredients: butter, sugar, and flour. It provides a delicious base for the bars that is sturdy enough for the caramel but soft enough to melt in your mouth.

We pour homemade caramel over the cashews on top of the cooled crust. A few more minutes in the oven helps the caramel get firm and chewy.

I waited for the bars to cool completely (painful, I tell you) and added a sprinkle of fleur de sel. This adds a hint of saltiness to help play with the sweetness of the caramel.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Of course, if you’re not into the salty-sweet thing as much as I am, skip it! You could also use mixed nuts instead of the cashews if you want more variety in your life and your desserts.

Just one of these Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars will satisfy your sweet tooth. Add them to this year’s holiday baking list and you can be the star of the cookie exchange. Enjoy!

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Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars

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  • Author: Rachel Conners
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.


Ingredients

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For the shortbread

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

For the caramel

  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, roughly cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups salted roasted cashews

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together 2/3 cup butter, white sugar, and flour until evenly crumbly. Press into the lined 9-inch square baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven but keep it on. Let the crust cool while you prepare the caramel cashew layer.
  3. Place sugar in a nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat. Let stand until the bottom layer of sugar begins to melt, then start stirring, continuing to stir until sugar has turned light brown in color and smooth in texture.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the heavy cream, being careful of it splattering. Stir constantly until mixture is smooth, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the butter, vanilla extract, and salt.
  5. Quickly stir in the cashews while the caramel is still hot. Pour the mixture into pan over the crust. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the caramel is all bubbling.
  6. Let cool completely before cutting. Cut into 16 bars.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Cashew Caramel Shortbread Bars have a buttery shortbread layer topped with homemade caramel, crunchy cashews, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt.

 

 

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