Brown sugar is not uncommon in baked goods, but it isn’t the star that often. Most blondies recipes use brown sugar, but this recipe takes that to the extreme, creating a rich, chewy, caramel-like bar.
All of that brown sugar goodness is made even better by the addition of cashews. A quick and easy recipe, these blondies are great for any occasion.
Brown Sugar Cashew Blondies
Makes 16 2-inch square bars
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt*
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped unsalted roasted cashews*
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, mixing until combined. Stir in cashews.
Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
*If using salted cashews, you may want to reduce salt to 1/2 teaspoon.
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