Frosted Cashew Cookies Recipe
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Frosted Cashew Cookies Recipe

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Meet the Cook: It was my sister's sister-in-law who discovered this recipe. We enjoy the cookies at Christmas, but they're rich and elegant for a special coffee and can be tucked in a field lunch box besides. Three years ago, I entered them at our country fair. They won a blue ribbon and were named grand champion. I'm a homemaker, runner for parts on our grain farm and helper with cattle. My husband and I have two boys, a college freshman and a sixth grader. -Sheila Wyum, Rutland, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon each baking powder, baking soda and salt
  • 1-1/2 cups salted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Additional cashew halves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 348 calories, 19 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 381 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cashews.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For the frosting, lightly brown butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat; add cream and vanilla. Beat in confectioners' sugar until thick and smooth. Frost cookies. Top each with a cashew half if desired. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Frosted Cashew Cookies in Country Woman July/August 1995, p33

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Reviewed Dec. 19, 2014

"These are requested by my kids every Christmas. One year I ran out of vanilla for the frosting and added a couple drops of maple extract. They were even more fabulous that way. Bottom line is that either way they are delicious."

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"these are easy to make and taste great"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"These were wonderful and so nice and soft just the way we like them.. The only problem, which really wasn't a problem, was that they came out small and puffy. I used the cookie scoop so next time I will just make them bigger :-) Everyone loved them and I know I will make them again. Yummy!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"my mother used to make these for me! I'm not a huge nut fan, but when put in cookies- u can't go wrong!"

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2011

"Delicious! Mouthwatering! Not so easy, but totally worth the effort!"

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