Molasses Cashew Bars

I love Molasses.  I didn’t know how much I loved molasses until I made Amish Shoofly Cake.  Due to my love for molasses I later adapted the cake into cookies.  As I thought about a bar recipe to make this week I knew I wanted it to contain molasses and cashews since I bought two pounds of unsalted roasted cashews when they were on sale this week at Sprouts.

I adapted this recipe quite a bit to create these easy bars.  So easy that I didn’t even take pictures while making these bars.  They are quick, tasty and are fabulous with my morning cup of coffee.

 

 

Molasses Cashew Bars

makes 18 bars

 

8 T. unsalted butter, room temperature

1 c. packed brown sugar

1 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. dried ginger

1/4 t. allspice

1 c. molasses

2 extra large eggs

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. old fashioned oats

2 t. baking powder

1 c. roasted unsalted cashews

1/4 t. salt

1/4 c. water

 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Butter a 9 x 13 pan and dust with flour.

Combine the first 7 ingredients in the bowl of stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until well combined.  Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, cashews and salt in a separate bowl and then dump into the stand mixer bowl and combine.  Mix in the water.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or just until set.  Let cool completely and then cut into bars.

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