No-Bake Cashew Brittle Bars
In these crunchy, salty-sweet no-bake bars, a touch of molasses enhances the natural sweetness of cashews, oats, and cinnamon and lends a rich taste to the crisp caramel base.
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- Servings: 4
Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2008
- 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup (about 5 ounces) salted cashews
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
Line a 4 1/2-by-9-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 1-inch overhang on each long side. Toast oats and cashews in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until aromatic and just starting to turn golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Add butter, sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup, molasses, and salt in the skillet, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until butter melts and mixture bubbles, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour hot mixture over oats and cashews, and stir to combine.
Transfer mixture to loaf pan. Using a spatula, press mixture into an even layer. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Remove chilled mixture from pan using plastic, discard plastic, and cut into 1-inch thick bars.