Chocolate Cashew Bars

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three cashew cookie bars topped with chocolate on a white serving dish on top of a green striped dishtowel


A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.

Chocolate Cashew Bars Recipe

These bars came about because I was looking for a recipe to use the new Hershey spread, and couldn’t find anything that looked interesting. So, I tweaked a Nutella recipe quite a bit (hey, it still has graham crackers and vanilla!), and came up with this. Note that you could substitute Nutella for the Hershey spread and get a nuttier tasting bar as opposed to chocolate-y bars.

Notes:

• You can use Nutella, Hershey’s Chocolate spread, or any other type of chocolate-y spread you like.

• It is easier to cut these when they are not straight from the refrigerator. Let them warm on the counter for a few minutes, however, store the remains in the fridge where they will keep well for up to a week.

Chocolate Cashew Bars. A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.


Chocolate Cashew Bars Ingredients:

• 1 cup Butter, softened
• 1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
• 2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
• 1 tsp Vanilla
• 1 cup Cashew Butter
• 1 ½cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
• 1 jar Hershey Chocolate Spread, divided

Chocolate Cashew Bars Mise en Place:

Stand Mixer (bowls, beater, etc)
• Parchment Paper
9″x9″ Baking Pan
Measuring Cup
Measuring Spoons
• Spatula
• Spoon
Double Boiler

Chocolate Cashew Bars. A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.


Chocolate Cashew Bars. A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.


Chocolate Cashew Bars. A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.


Chocolate Cashew Bars Directions:

• Line 9″x9″ baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
• Using a stand mixer, beat together the butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and cashew butter until blended and smooth.
• Pour the mixture into prepared 9″x9″ square pan.
• Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.

Chocolate Cashew Bars. A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.


• In a double boiler (or metal bowl over simmering water if you don’t have a double boiler), melt the chocolate chips and ¼ cup of Hershey’s chocolate spread, stirring until smooth.
• Spread over the cashew butter mixture in the pan, and refrigerate for another hour, or until firm.
• Spread the remaining Hershey’s chocolate spread over the chocolate layer, and refrigerate again for another hour (note: I heat up the chocolate spread in that double boiler and it flows smoothly).

Chocolate Cashew Bars. A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.


• Note: It is easier to cut these when they are not straight from the refrigerator. Let them warm on the counter for a few minutes, however, store the remains in the fridge where they will keep well for up to a week.


Chocolate Cashew Bars

A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 3 Hours 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup Butter, softened
1 ½ cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Cashew Butter
1 ½ cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 jar Hershey Chocolate Spread, divided

Directions:

• Line 9″x9″ baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
• Using a stand mixer, beat together the butter, graham cracker crumbs, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla and cashew butter until blended and smooth.
• Pour the mixture into prepared 9″x9″ square pan.
• Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until firm.
• In a double boiler (or metal bowl over simmering water if you don’t have a double boiler), melt the chocolate chips and ¼ cup of Hershey’s chocolate spread, stirring until smooth.
• Spread over the cashew butter mixture in the pan, and refrigerate for another hour, or until firm.
• Spread the remaining Hershey’s chocolate spread over the chocolate layer, and refrigerate again for another hour (note: I heat up the chocolate spread in that double boiler and it flows smoothly).
• Note: It is easier to cut these when they are not straight from the refrigerator. Let them warm on the counter for a few minutes, however, store the remains in the fridge where they will keep well for up to a week.

Makes 24 Chocolate Cashew Bars

Chocolate Cashew Bars. A delicious, satisfying, chocolate cashew bar that holds up for days after you make them. These taste like chocolate bars, and are amazingly good! Cut them thick or thin, they are a great lunch-box, or anytime, snack.


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Comments

  1. This sounds great but I don’t have cashew butter. Any idea if peanut butter would also work?

  2. Stephanie K says:

    Oh wow! I NEVER have Cashew butter on hand, but my dad happened to give me a jar two weeks ago! I can not wait to make these! I have to run to the store for powder sugar or else I would be making them right now. Thank you!

  3. NYC Single Mom says:

    Wow!! This looks so yummy and so easy to make.

  4. Oh my goodness. I am doing this with peanut butter (all natural) because I seriously have an addiction!

  5. Ann, these look incredible! Thank you for sharing! Pinning!
    Have a great week! ~Laurie

  6. These look so good. I love cashew butter.

  7. WOAH these look amazing!!

  8. One of my favourite nuts is cashew nuts. In Jamaica, we could get the nuts with their fruit from the tree and roast the nuts which give off a pungent smell. But they were delicious. The soft, ripe fruit we would use for eating raw or making a slightly stainy tasting drink. I can just imagine those flavours combined into this delightful looking bar!
    I am yet to see cashew butter here in the UK but I suppose one could always make it, just as we make peanut butter.

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