Monday, December 7, 2009

Butterscotch Cashew Chews

Show of hands-who else isn't ready for Christmas? Or any holiday of your choosing? I have all the presents bought, but I'm having a really hard time getting into the spirit this year. I have yet to get my lights up outside (and it will be snowing quite a bit tomorrow when I was going to climb on the ladder), my tree is still in a box (we are both allergic to real trees) and the only baking I have done is for the church fundraiser. I have been battling a killer cold and am now on my way to bed after posting my second set of bars for church. I don't know if it is because the kids are older now and they don't get as excited for Christmas, or since I am working this crazy schedule that my priority is sleeping now! I have Christmas music on trying to get myself in the mood. Maybe tomorrow.

This is a recipe I cut out of the June/July issue of Taste of Home from 2001. Really good bars!

Butterscotch Cashew Chews

1 cup plus 2 TBSP butter, softened
3/4 cup plus 2 TBSP brown sugar
2-1/2 cups flour
1-3/4 tsp salt
1 package butterscotch chips (10 to 11 ounce)
1/2 cup plus 2 TBSP light corn syrup
3 TBSP butter
2 tsp water
2-1/2 cups salted cashew halves

In a mixing bowl. cream the butter and brown sugar. Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture just until combined. Press into a greased 15x10x1 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, combine the butterscotch chips, corn syrup, butter and water in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until chips and butter are melted. Spread over crust. Sprinkle with cashews; press down lightly. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until topping is bubbly and lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.

I put 8 bars on a plate and slid it into a baggie like the Salted Nut Roll bars.

I'm off with my book, some Mucinex and tissues to bed.


Bob said...

Hope you feel better! The bars look great. I myself am never really in the Christmas spirit, I'm a bit of a grouch like that. Conveniently, we don't even know where the box of decorations is. Heh.

Monica H said...

Our lights are up, the trees are decorated. Al the village houses are lit and there are bowlfuls of ornaments scattered around the house. I'm not feeling it either. I havne't baked a single thing for Christmas.

noble pig said...

I can make a meal out of cashews so this is a bonus, dinner and dessert in one! Beautiful!!

HoneyB said...

Hope your feeling better soon! My dad loves cashews and I'm betting he would be happy to have this as part of his presents this year!

Debbie said...

The look delicious! Hope you feel better.....

Katherine Aucoin said...

YUM! Send me the 3rd set when you're feeling better!

We have the decorations up, but I'm not finished shopping yet.

I'm not playing the cafe game too much anymore, because I flat out don't understand it. I'm toying with the idea of starting Farmville, but I'm playing way too many games on Facebook now and from what I've heard, Farmville is quite an obligation.