Pretzel Cashew Seven Layer Bars

Imperial sugar introduced this as a Father’s Day recipe, but I couldn’t wait until June 16th to serve them! Seven Layer Bars are one of my favorite cookies of all time, and this version is made with a salty pretzel crust, cashews, coconut, chocolate and butterscotch chips. In addition, these are Seven Layer Bars without condensed milk. A mixture of cream and two kinds of sugar is used in its place.

seven layer bars without condensed milk

Imperial Sugar’s full 9×13 inch version of Pretzel Cashew Seven Layer Bars is located on their site, and below is my 8 inch square pan version. I was surprised at how well they held together even though the cream binding lacked any egg or butter. I think chilling them before cutting also helped with that. These are definitely worth trying, especially if you like the sweet & salty combo.

seven layer bars without condensed milk

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Pretzel Cashew Seven Layer Bars
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A version of Seven Layer Bars made without condensed milk.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup finely crushed salted pretzels (measure after crushing)**
  • 2 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (I used unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tablespoons Imperial Sugar Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8 inch square metal pan with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
  2. Combine crushed pretzels, 2 tablespoons of sugar and the butter; mixing until well blended. Press onto bottom of pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 15 minutes (this is important).
  4. Sprinkle cooled baked crust with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and nuts.
  5. Combine heavy whipping cream, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon brown sugar (also add vanilla, if using); mixing until well blended. Spoon evenly over bars so that it kind of sinks into the coconut.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned and chips start to melt. Cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then chill until very firm.
  7. Lift from pan by grasping foil or parchment, set on a cutting board, cut into bars.
I ground the pretzels in a mini chopper. If you don't have a chopper you can put the pretzels in a heavy duty freezer bag and crush with a rolling pin. I also put the coconut on before pouring the cream mixture over to give the cream something to soak into. Not sure if that matters, but putting the coconut on first worked well.

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  1. Jen says

    Great timing. I just made the Hello Dolly bars from your book so I have a lot of these ingredients waiting to be used. I also have heavy cream that MUST be used in the next day or two so these are perfect!

  2. says

    I hope you make them because they are really good, and a nice change from the usual Hello Dolly/Seven Layer bars.

  3. Jennie says

    Hi Anna! For the past 3 years at least, I have been making your Best Ever Lemon bars for my Dad for Father’s Day. This year I think he is getting these instead. This recipe is SCREAMING to be made! Thanks for the idea!

  4. says

    Buon Giorno Anna,

    This sounds like a terrific recipe. I will see if my daughter will like it. I’m sure she will. I don’t have time to bake as much as I would like, but I will have to make time for this. Also, I had not heard of Imperial Dark Brown Sugar, will have to try it out. Grazie for the great recipe. 🙂

  5. says

    Jennie, I’m so happy to hear you love that lemon square recipe.
    Carmen, Imperial is a brand of sugar sold here in Texas and in other states. I think C&H might be easier to find in California. Feel free to use whatever brand of dark brown sugar you want. I kept the brand name in the recipe because I got the recipe from their web page.

  6. Rosalie Breslin says

    I have to try this recipe since it doesn’t have condensed milk. The problem, for me, with condensed milk is that it has a fairly strong taste.

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