Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Birthday Cashew Bars

Yesterday was my husband's 35th birthday surprise party. Some of his favorite foods are green olives, cashews, and caramel frosting. Since I couldn't figure out a way to work in green olives to a birthday dessert, I went with cashew bars with caramel sauce. I posted about the (somewhat finicky but tasty) caramel sauce earlier this week, so here's the recipe for the (delicious and incredibly buttery) cashew bars.

Cashew Bars

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup salted cashews, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat to 375 F.
2. Cream the butter and sugar, then gradually beat in the flour. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cashews.
3. Press the dough into a 10 X 15 '' pan, making it relatively even. Then scatter the remaining cashews over the top and press them in neatly.
4. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the dough is golden brown but the edges aren't too dark. Watch those edges!
5. Let cool for 10 minutes and then slice. This is vital. The bars will become too crisp to slice neatly if you don't do it while they are still warm. Then let them cool completely before you remove them to serve.

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