Chocolate Cashew Bars

With this recipe, I’m going back to some of my baking loves – chocolate, nuts, and bars. You had to know I wouldn’t stray for long. These bars are certainly a good way to reunite with some old favorites.

One of my other great baking loves is pecan pie. Now, imagine a pecan pie in bar form, but with cashews and chocolate. That’s what we’ve got here. And, it’s a beautiful thing.

Chocolate Cashew Bars are a sweet, gooey, tasty bar packed with plenty of chocolate and nuts. - Bake or Break

If the taste weren’t enough to win you over, there’s also the quick and easy aspect of making these bars. If you’d like the cashews to be a bit more prominent, use a bit less chocolate. You know, that may be the first time I’ve ever suggested using less chocolate. It’s a matter of taste, I suppose. Just be warned that these are more chocolate than cashew.

Chocolate Cashew Bars

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 47 minutes

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Chocolate Cashew Bars


    For the crust:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • For the topping:
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Using an electric mixer on slow speed, mix all crust ingredients until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture into bottom of ungreased 9″x 13″ baking pan.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.

To make the topping:

Stir together sugar, corn syrup, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in cashews and chocolate chips.

Spread topping over partially baked crust. Bake until set, about 28-32 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting into bars. Cover and store refrigerated.


Recipe adapted from Land O'Lakes.

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  1. Jess Wakasugi January 3, 2012 Reply

    Y.U.M. That gooey, chocolatey bar is ridiculous looking and cashews are my absolute favorite! Pinned :)

  2. SarinhaT January 4, 2012 Reply

    Delicious. :) *

  3. Bake Up, Little Suzy January 4, 2012 Reply

    So much for New Year’s resolutions! I’m making these, STAT.

  4. Erin January 4, 2012 Reply

    These sound wonderful!

  5. thelittleloaf January 5, 2012 Reply

    Oh my gosh, these look insanely rich and delicious. Wow.

  6. Bunny January 5, 2012 Reply

    WOW!! Talk about sinfully decadent!

  7. The Food Hunter January 5, 2012 Reply

    OMG!!! YUM!!

  8. Mern George January 7, 2012 Reply

    They look too delicious for words.I made your peanut butter brownies.They were superb.

  9. These look amazing.. now to figure out a gluten free version!!


  10. ritamarie January 16, 2012 Reply

    I made this recipe today. They are VERY rich. Had one or two after they came out of the oven, they are quite yummy. Now what to do with my diet and the rest of a 9X13 pan……uh oh.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  11. AScott March 31, 2014 Reply

    Can these be frozen? Can most bar cookies be frozen?

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      Jennifer McHenry April 1, 2014 Reply

      I’ve not tried freezing them, but I think they’ll freeze just fine. Most bars will freeze well, depending on the ingredients and consistency.

  12. susan July 15, 2014 Reply

    made these yesterday as a test for our street party, they were fabulous. I had my family try them hot out of the oven and cold they loved them both ways. Very rich so I cut them a little smaller. Great easy recipe just the cashews were very expensive but worth it.

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