orange-colored bars

cashew butterscotch bars

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, then you must think all I do is bake. Maybe you even remember a time when I wrote about savory cooking or dining out. Don’t worry, I still eat three square meals a day. But I do admit I’ve been doing a lot of baking. It’s that time of year, I guess.  Recently I went to an event, and the theme was orange — not the fruit, the color. I figured a lot of people would bake cookies and decorate them with orange icing, and of course I had to come up with something a little more abstract. I was starting to panic, but then I remembered these amazing butterscotch-cashew bars from The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread. Okay, so maybe they’re more of a burnt-orange color, but that seemed close enough.

cashew butterscotch bars

Then I way overestimated how much I needed to bake — this is just one of the trays I made. So my coworkers lucked out when I brought them the leftovers. It’s a two-layer recipe, and it’s super easy to make. I know that looks like caramel in the photo above, but it’s mostly melted butterscotch chips, corn syrup, and butter. You have to let these firm up after baking, because the topping is bubbling when you take the pan out of the oven. My boss at work said they’re one of the best things she’s ever tried. I’d say the price of the book is worth it for this recipe alone. Of course if you live in the NYC area, you can just stop by one of the Amy’s Bread bakeries and buy a bar if you’d like.

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17 Responses to orange-colored bars

  1. Eliana says:

    I need to go work for yor company because I would have loved to enjoy these beauties. Is it bad that I kinda want one right now for breakfast?

  2. Pei-Lin says:

    That really looks decadent! Close to enough to the color orange, I think. LOL! I’d still buy the book and make the bars even if I live in the NYC area! Thank goodness there’s this thing called sharing on the Internet; I recently made Jacque Torres’s choc chip cookies, too, using the recipe David Leite improvised upon!

    It was nice that you shared the bars with your co-workers. That way, the calories were spread out and shared, rather than just hugging them all to yourself! Haha!

  3. Alejandra says:

    Now these look seriously, seriously good. I’ve been wanting to pick up that cookbook; this might just be the extra bit of motivation I need to do so! :)

  4. One of the hardest things about baking is waiting for things to cool/firm up – sometimes even when it is bubbling I am tempted to eat it (I have a lot of almost-burned-my-tongue-or-fingers incidents)!

  5. Nina says:

    These are hands down my favorite bar….such a homerun! Seeing your photos is making me look for the cashews. Cheers.

  6. kickpleat says:

    I’m totally jonesing for a slice right now. I’ve tracked down the recipe and will try to make these next week when I can hand them out to my friends. And I’m bookmarking the bakery for when I go to NYC later this year. Thanks!

  7. this reminds me, i have on my ‘to create’ list a recipe for butterscotch & cashew bars. with a hint of grahams in there. i really shouldn’t be saying this out loud. duh.

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  9. I would love some with my cup of tea right now! They look gorgeously crunchy and scrumptious!

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