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Chocolate Cashew Toffee Cookie Bars

  • Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp toffee bits

Topping

  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered cashews
  • flaky salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and cream cheese in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until smooth; add sugars and beat until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; beat just until incorporated. Fold in toffee bits.
  2. Spray a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan with nonstick spray and use a piece of parchment paper lightly coated with nonstick spray to press dough evenly into pan. Top with chocolate covered cashews, pressing slightly into dough; cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, about 16 minutes. (If you prefer a more well-done cookie, bake a few minutes longer). Cool in pan on a wire rack for at least 45 minutes before slicing and serving. For clean cuts, chill in the freezer for 5 minutes, then slice with a sharp knife.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 275
  • Carbohydrates: 35