According to Pillsbury, these fabulous cashew bars, topped with brown butter icing - one of my son's Christmas goody of choice - are the perfect crowd pleasing dessert. Although there's nothing that makes them LOOK particularly festive, the flavor will make your taste buds ! If desired, immediately after icing the bars, sprinkle the icing with brickle bits. Yummy!
Yield: 24 bars
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup coarsely chopped (or broken) cashews
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
2/3 cup butter (do not use margarine)
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 Tablespoons milk
Heat oven to 350°F.
Grease a 13x9-inch pan. (LuAnn suggests a slightly smaller pan, such as an 11 3/4 x 7 1/2-inch pan, as I've found that the bars are very thin when baked in a 13x9-inch pan).
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; mix well.
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter.
Remove from heat.
Stir in flour mixture, brown sugar, cashews, 1 teaspoon vanilla and eggs, mixing well.
Spread the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. (LuAnn suggests for chewiest bars, avoid overbaking).
Place pan on a wire rack, then cool for 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
Meanwhile, to make icing, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 2/3 cup butter.
Cook 13 to 15 minutes or until the butter is light golden brown, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, then stir in powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and enough milk for desired spreading consistency.
Immediately spread icing over cooled bars.
Cut into bars.