Chocolate-Caramel-Cashew Chewies

For maximum texture, choose old-fashioned rolled oats for the crust; quick-cooking oats will give a slightly smoother base. If you´re making these chewy bars for a children´s party, substitute peanuts for the cashews.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 45 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 36

Ingredients

Crust

3/4
cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4
cup margarine or butter, softened
1
egg
1 1/2
cups All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
1
cup rolled oats

Filling

1
(14-oz.) pkg. caramels, unwrapped
1/3
cup half-and-half

Topping

1
cup large cashew pieces
1
cup semisweet chocolate chunks (from 10-oz. pkg.)
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch pan. In large bowl, combine brown sugar and margarine; beat until light and fluffy. Add egg; blend well.
  • 2 Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour and oats; mix well. Press evenly in bottom of greased pan.
  • 3 Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, combine caramels and half-and-half; cook over low heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, stirring occasionally.
  • 5 Remove crust from oven. Pour caramel mixture over partially baked crust. Sprinkle with cashews and chocolate chunks.
  • 6 Return to oven; bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until chocolate is softened and caramel just begins to bubble around edges. If desired, swirl softened chocolate chunks with knife. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. If desired, refrigerate bars to set chocolate. Cut into bars.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Bar
    Calories
    170
    (
    Calories from Fat
    70),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    8g
    8%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    10mg
    10%;
    Sodium
    100mg
    100%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    22g
    22%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    14g
    14%
    ),
    Protein
    2g
    2%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    2%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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